We hear a lot about solar power, global warming and the environment these days, so I thought this week i would talk a bit about solar reflective shingles.
Solar reflective shingles and solar reflective roofing membranes can be an important component in a building system designed to reduce overall building energy consumption and the impact the home or building has on the environment.
Solar reflective shingles have surfaces that reflect a lot more Infrared radiation than normal roof surfaces. Infrared radiation is a spectrum of light that make roof surfaces get very hot, so solar reflective shingles are designed specifically to reduce the absorption of the suns infrared radiation by reflecting IR rays off the surface of the roof to keep it cooler inside.
Solar reflective shingles and solar reflective roofs in general have the ability to keep building interiors cooler, with the overall result being that air conditioning systems get a break and so does your wallet!
In addition to the potential energy saving benefits that solar reflective shingles can have for a building, research on the degradation of roofing membranes over a number of years have shown that heat from the sun is one of the biggest factors that affects how long your roof will last.
High temperatures and large variations; seasonally or daily, at the roofing level are dvery hard on roofing surfaces. Reducing the extremes of temperature change will reduce damage to roofing systems. Using solar reflective shingles and solar reflective roofing products that reflect ultraviolet and primarily infrared radiation will reduce damage caused by u/v and heat degradation.
At Class Eh Roofing! we have many solar reflective shingles that we deal with to suit a range of different home styles. Call us today to find out more.
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!