Ever been the cat on a hot tin roof? Roofs of all types can get pretty hot on a sunny day. The resulting heat can build up in your attic too, leading to potentially negative impacts over time. Ready to learn which roofing materials are the hottest, and which come in decidedly cooler?
In this infographic, you’ll learn important temperature details about popular roofing materials, including:
Shingles – Standard dark-colored shingles absorb a ton of radiation, andcan actually top 170°F on a sunny day! Thankfully, quality manufacturers like Owens Corning also produce COOL shingle options.
Metal –You may think of metal roofs as being hot, but metal’s high reflectivity actually helps deflectheating radiationaway from your home.
Wood Shakes –One nice thing about wood is that it’s a natural insulator, meaning it doesn’t transfer as much heat as some other roofing materials. Wood shakes allow air to circulate around them too, further helping to keep temperatures down.
Clay & Slate – Like wood, clay and slate are both natural insulators too.
TPO Roof – Light-colored TPO roofing is an affordable and durable solution for flat or low-slope roofs, and it’s known to be over 50°F cooler than standard, dark-colored shingles.