Reflective Roofing Can Come In Colors
Classic Metal Roofing Systems reports that the reflective roofing materials recently called for by US Energy Secretary Steven Chu are already a reality – and they don’t have to be white! Metal roofing has been keeping homes naturally cooler by reflecting radiant heat and keeping it outside the home for many years.
According to Classic president Todd Miller, “We revolutionized the residential roofing industry several years ago when we began manufacturing metal roofing products which incorporate reflective pigments into their durable finishes. We call it our Hi-R Heat Barrier Coating.” These reflective pigments allow metal roofs, even in dark colors, to meet the Energy Star requirement for roofs that keep buildings naturally cooler and reduce air conditioning demand.
Metal roofs that meet the Energy Star requirement for reflectivity are currently eligible for the federal energy efficiency tax credit. Based upon the size of the home, this tax credit will hit its maximum allowable amount of $1500 for most homes and is available to homeowners who have these products installed in 2009 and 2010.
Miller continues, “While the reflective finishes are very beneficial, we also know that the design of certain metal roofs enhances their energy efficiency to an even greater degree. For example, we have third party testing showing that one of our products, purely through its unique design, keeps attics cooler with its reflective coating in brown than does a purely white roof of lesser design.”
Based in Piqua, Ohio and marketing its products nationally, Classic Metal Roofing Systems has found huge interest in its products in recent months. “Despite the economy, interest and sales of our products is at an all-time high. This is driven by the energy efficiency of our products, as well as by their other green benefits, and by the fact that, increasingly, homeowners want to invest their money in their current homes where it can provide them comfort, beauty, energy efficiency, and added home value.”
By choosing a roofing product that reflects radiant heat, homeowners can keep their attics significantly cooler in summer months and reduce their air conditioning demand. Utility companies like this because it reduces the peak load which their equipment must be sized to accommodate. While many people wonder if reflective roofing is a detriment during winter months, if a home is vented according to national building codes, the attic will be kept cool in the winter and efficiency then is achieved through insulation on top of the building’s ceilings.
Individuals with interest in how to achieve increased energy efficiency for their home through reflective roofing should contact us.