Good Question: Cool Roofs in Cold Climate?

Good Question: Cool Roofs in Cold Climate?

Stephanie Kinnear
Sep 12, 2008
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Marisab left this great question as a comment on yesterday's Cool Roof post:


I live in Minnesota - am I better off with a light roof or a dark one, energy-savings-wise? It's cold here for much more of the year than it's warm...

Marisab, awesome question. We actually didn't know the answer to that one, but we did some quick research and now feel like we can supply some quality info.

The Cool Roof Rating Council, has a pretty great FAQ on their website. According to them: The roof is an insignificant source for heat gain in winter. While cool roof owners may pay slightly more to heat their homes, this amount is usually insignificant compared to the cooling energy savings during the summer.

Get their full answer to your question, with more details, here.


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