Shreveport is the perfect climate for a cool roof.
As a CetainTeed Shingle master we want to share this article with you that was originally posted on the CertainTeed website.
What is a Cool Roof?
A cool roof is a roofing system that delivers higher solar reflectance (the ability to reflect the visible, infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths of the sun, which reduces heat transfer to the building) and higher thermal emittance (the ability to radiate absorbed, or non-reflected solar energy) than standard designed roofing products. Historically, cool roofs have been either white or some other lighter shade color. However, that dynamic has changed in recent years with the development of residential cool roof products like Landmark Solaris® and Presidential Solaris® from CertainTeed that can achieve EnergyStar® qualified levels of solar reflectivity even in dark, rich hues.
Cool roofs can also enhance roof durability and reduce both building cooling loads and the urban heat island effect.
Most of the roofs in the world (including over 90% of the roofs in the United States) are dark-colored. In the heat of the full sun, the surface of a black roof can increase in temperature by more than 100 °F over the ambient temperature, reaching temperatures up to 190 °F. This increase in surface temperature can contribute to:
Increased cooling energy use and higher utility bills;
Reduced indoor comfort;
Accelerated deterioration of roofing materials;
Increased roof maintenance costs;
Higher peak electricity demand;
Any building with a dark colored roof will consume more energy for air conditioning than a “cooler” building – a strain on both operating costs and the electric power grid. Cool roof products such as Landmark Solaris shingles, Presidential Solaris shingles, and Cool Star commercial cool roofing products from CertainTeed offer both immediate and long-term savings in building energy costs.
The EPA reports that cool roofs can:
Reduce energy use: A cool roof transfers less heat to the building below, so the building stays cooler and uses less energy for air conditioning.
Reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions: By lowering energy use, cool roofs decrease the production of associated air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Improve human health and comfort: Cool roofs can reduce air temperatures inside buildings with and without air conditioning, helping to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths.
Fall is the perfect time for getting your roof replaced.
As we transition from the summer to the Fall, we also make a significant transition in the roofing business. The transition is from dealing with asphalt shingles that can be as hot as 170 degrees and tearing apart in our hands to dealing with asphalt shingles at their optimum install temperature. At Southern Roofing we have tried through the years to educate our customers in the value of waiting to have their home re-roofed in the Fall. Some have taken us up on waiting, while others have not.
During the summer months, shingles get extremely hot and brittle because they are an oil based product, they also get extremely soft in the heat. Therefore, walking on shingles, holding shingles, nailing shingles, lifting shingles, and every other activity involved in the roofing process decreases the lifespan of the shingle.
When fall hits, all of the problems related to heat recede. We enter a time of year where we do not do long term damage to the shingles during the installation process because they are cool and at their ideal installation temperature. If you have wisely held off having a roof installed, through the summer heat, your time is now.
In Spring 2018 there was severe hail damage across the Shreveport area due to a series of devastating thunderstorms. You may be wondering if your roof has hail damage, there are ways to determine if any damage occurred.
Simply looking up at your roof is not an option. Roofing systems must be physically inspected by a trained and experience professional. Insurance companies may send an adjuster who has specialized training in this area so that they can properly identify hail damage, and roofing companies like Southern Roofing also have the experience to discover hail damage.
Missing shingles are an obvious sign of wind damage, high winds and hail often occur simultaneously. If there are no missing shingles, you still may have hail damage.
Hail damage may dent the soft metals on your roof (flashing, vents, and exhaust caps). If you see dents in the soft metals or vinyl window covers, you may want to seek a professional assessment.
Check all areas of your roof. The direction of the storm and the slope of your roof may result in damage on only one side.
Hail damage can be dents (bruises) in the shingles, granular loss, edge removal, or damage to the underlayment. You may need a professional to see some of these symptoms.
If you think you have hail damage, contact Southern Roofing before you begin a process with your insurance company. We have navigated these situations for years and have the expertise you need. We will provide a free roof replacement estimate and ensure you get the maximum coverage as we work with your insurance adjuster.
That's right, hail resistant shingles are here. Believe it or not, Kevlar is woven into the shingles. The bulletproof vest material is woven into your shingles so that they cannot be dented and ruined when hail falls from the sky.
What difference does this make? It makes a difference to the tune of up to 10% off of your homeowners insurance. That's right, by hiring Southern Roofing to put our kind of roof, installed our way, onto your house, you could save every month.
There was extensive hail damage in Shreveport in April 2018. Based on the estimates we've been doing, large hail was present from Jewella to the west, to Youree Drive, and between Kings Highway to the north, and 3132.