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Creating a comfortable environment inside your home actually begins with your roof. Cool, energy-efficient roofs allow you to better regulate your home's interior temperature, saving you money on cooling costs and improving the global environment at the same time. Eco-friendly roof systems have ballooned in recent years, giving Loveland roofing professionals plenty of appealing roof choices to offer to local homeowners.

Traditional dark roofs absorb the sun's warmth, often surpassing temperatures of 150 degrees in the summer. That heat can transfer into the home's interior, leading to higher cooling costs and eroding the home's energy efficiency. To make matters worse, that heat in the roof is radiated back into the atmosphere, leading to a city's "heat island" effect.

Fortunately, with today's advanced roofs, this heating can be reduced with a number of environmentally friendly roof systems. Some of the most accessible and affordable roofs designed to prevent this dramatic heating are the aptly named "cool roofs."

Often using the reflective properties of light colors, cool roofs reflect the sun without absorbing its intense heat, thereby keeping roofs and homes cooler. In fact, cool roofs stay more than 50 degrees cooler than traditional roofs.

In addition to saving money on cooling costs, cool roofs improve the comfort of interior rooms like attics that are not usually air conditioned. They also lower the roof's own temperature, slowing the material's aging and deterioration from sun and heat.

The ripple effect of cool roofs benefits the overall environment as well.

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Lowering energy use leads to reduced power demand and power plant emissions, decreased local air temperatures and improved air quality while lowering the heat trapped in the atmosphere.

Cool roofs use a variety of techniques to lower roof temperatures, from light-colored shingles to special, reflective coatings. Sorting through all of the countless choices can be complicated, so the Cool Roof Rating Council evaluates and labels roofs with a Solar Reflectance Index, or SRI. Roofs that stay cool in the sun generally have a higher SRI value while roofs that absorb and retain heat have low SRI numbers.

Whether you have a low-slope or flat roof or a more common steep-slope roof, there are plenty of cool roof options. For flat and low-slope roofs, homeowners can chose white reflective coverings and protective membranes, built-up roofs with reflective chips of marble or reflective mineral granule coatings.

Similarly, homes with steep-slope roofs also have many choices, including cool asphalt shingles. These roofs go beyond the usual white and light-colored shingles to include shingles shaded in "cool dark colors." These appealingly colored, energy-efficient roof shingles are coated in special granules that provide increased solar reflection and significant energy savings.

Whether you have a low-slope roof or a steep-slope roof, a cool roof can save you about 7 to 15 percent on cooling costs each year. Find out how much money you could save with a cool roof by using the U.S. Department of Energy's online Roof Savings Calculator. Then, consult with an experienced local roofer about the types of roofs that are appropriate for your home.

With all of the savings and benefits resulting from cools roofs, it's easy to understand why it is one of the most rapidly growing segments of the entire roofing industry.

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