FAQs About Cool Metal Roofs

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Cool metal roofs are not only energy efficient, they add beauty and durability to your Hanson home. You likely have questions about cool metal roofs, which your experienced South Shore roofer in Plymouth, Hanson and Hingham areas can answer for you, but we thought we would list some FAQs here in the meantime.

Q: What are cool metal roofs?

A: Cool metal roofs are painted and coated with specially-formulated pigments that are designed to reflect heat from the sun created by near infrared radiation (NIR). In the traditional sense, most dark pigments like black will absorb this radiation more so than lighter pigments, such as white.

Today, cool pigmentation allows you to choose from a broader range of colors for your metal roof, including popular dark colors. But your roof will have a special finish added that reflects heat, lowers building cooling costs, and reduces heat absorption.

Q: Is color selection important?

A: Yes. The pigmentation in cool roofing will boost the solar reflectivity of many colors, but you still have to be careful when choosing the right hue. Even with cool colors, you should go with brighter colors to reflect heat more efficiently. Your Hanson roofer will be able to tell you which colors are ideal for your home, using the Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) value.

Q: Do cool colors cost more?

A: No. In fact, most of today’s painted metal roofs automatically come with cool pigment technology.

Q: How do I know if the color I like isn’t considered cool?

A: Ask your roofer or check with the product manufacturer before you make a decision. Color cards from the manufacturer should specify if a particular product uses cool pigment technology. Another resource to consult is the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), which lists certified cool roofing products and tests them.

Q: Do cool colors alter color appearance or the shininess of the roof?

A: No. Cooler pigments have been engineered to solely reflect heat-causing, invisible infrared light. Because they still absorb visible light, they still produce a varied and bold range of gloss levels and color options.

Q: In what other ways can I be cool?

A: In addition to installing a cool metal roof, there are other ways you can ensure an energy-efficient roof area. You can:

  • Ensure you have a properly vented attic space to encourage air flow, such as installing ridge and gable vents.
  • Install adequate insulation in the attic space and seal penetrations like lights or plumbing. This will limit heat transfer into the below rooms.
  • Install a house fan to get rid of residual trapped hot air.

Massachusetts Metal Roofing Contractor

Curious about adding a cool metal roof to your home? Get in touch with our experienced Plymouth and Hingham, MA roofing contractors to learn more. Please contact us today at 781-536-4589 for a free quote and consultation. If you have more questions for us, we would be happy to answer them.

We serve the entire South Shore and lower Cape with quality metal roofing products; standing seam, metal shingle and metal panel roofs in Hanson, Taunton, Marshfield, Quincy, Needham, Medfield, Milton, Halifax, Hanover, Falmouth and Plymouth.

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