Shingle Colors (Is lighter better?)

Old 04-21-02, 05:08 PM
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Shingle Colors (Is lighter better?)

When I had my first house build a few years back, I went with the lightest colored shingles available. With a new house being built, color tile has become a question.

The old rule of thumb was that lighter shingles would keep the house cooler. Does this still hold true today or has there been advancements in shingles where now it does not matter.

The house is in the central Florida area with R-19 insulation rating in the ceiling and there will be a radiant barrier. So, will the house be noticeably hotter with a darker shingle as opposed to a lighter shingle?
Old 04-21-02, 08:42 PM
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A light colored shingle does reflect heat where a dark colored shingle absorbs heat and transfers this into the interior of your attic. Also light colored shingles last a little longer than dark shingles. Proper ventilation is very important to design into your new home. CertainTeed has a very good product called VentAir and a good informative site for planning your ventilation.

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