With last month's New York Times article touting the benefits of cool roofs, Energy Secretary Steven Chu promoting them, and Energy Star now offering tax credits for having them, we think it's about time that roofing companies step up to the plate. While a metal or purely white material is ideal for a cool roof, they can be expensive and not for everyone's aesthetic taste. Roofing company GAF is filling the void with their new series of Energy Star certified 'Cool Roof' shingles...This is a new product from GAF roofing. While asphalt shingles aren't as green as some other roofing products, they are affordable and typically more accepted by the average consumer. GAF has created a new line, Prestique Cool Color Series, that are Energy Star rated. According to the company, this product has a higher amount of solar reflectance (the amount of solar energy reflected by the roof) and thermal emittance (the ability of the roof surface to radiate absorbed heat), resulting in a cooler roof.
GAF Prestique Roof Shingles are Energy Star rated and may qualify for a tax rebate. Many utilities companies are also offering rebates for their consumers - contact yours for more details.
More on Cool and Green Roofs:
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• Why It's Green: Cool Roofs
• Green Around the World: Green Roofs
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• Another Green Roof from Recycled Rubber: By EcoStar
(Images: J. K. Behan Roofing, GAF)