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Do cool roof asphalt shingles make sense in our cold climate area?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 14, 2013 01:01 AM
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Re-roofing sloped-roof, poorly insulated house in Boston area. We'd like to find cost-effective green build options for our new roof. We're considering the rubber roof materials but are wary of the cost. Cool roof asphalt shingles (like GAF Timberline Cool Series) seem the most cost-effective way to reduce the reflective heat problem (though I guess they don't address the green materials problem). I've read that cool roofs may actually increase the heating costs in the winter months in cold climates. Our two-family home was built without exterior insulation. We recently blew in insulation, but I'm not sure it made much of a difference and our heating bills are still astronomical. So I'm wary of a roof that makes the house work harder to stay warm during the winter. Thanks!




 

 

Re-roofing sloped-roof, poorly insulated house in Boston area. We'd like to find cost-effective green build options for our new roof. We're considering the rubber roof materials but are wary of the cost. Cool roof asphalt shingles (like GAF Timberline Cool Series) seem the most cost-effective way to reduce the reflective heat problem (though I guess they don't address the green materials problem). I've read that cool roofs may actually increase the heating costs in the winter months in cold climates. Our two-family home was built without exterior insulation. We recently blew in insulation, but I'm not sure it made much of a difference and our heating bills are still astronomical. So I'm wary of a roof that makes the house work harder to stay warm during the winter. Thanks!

Lia,

In your case and climate it makes no economic sense to install a cool roof shingle.

  • Your choices for green options are limited to recycled-content asphalt shingles and metal roofing.
  • The cost...

 

 

 
 
 

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