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Is a Black Roof a Bad Idea?

If you’re thinking about a new roof, you may be considering selecting a black asphalt shingle color to complement your home. Black roofs are gaining in popularity across Dallas and Plano because they look great and can upgrade your home’s curb appeal significantly. While black roofs have these perks, they also have some considerations you should be aware of before you select a black shingle. If you’re on the fence about choosing a black asphalt shingle, read on.

The Facts. Yes, it is true that black or other darker-colored shingles will make your attic and home hotter. A hotter home is a very valid concern for Dallas, Plano, and other North Texas homeowners because temperatures on your roof can climb well over 150 degrees in the summer.

Black and other dark colored shingles make your house hotter because they absorb heat and sun more readily than lighter colors. High temperatures, in turn, make your attic warm, which makes your air conditioner work harder keep you cool.

The Fix. While a black or darker-colored roof does increase temperatures, don’t be discouraged. You can still get the roof you want with a few extra measures.

One of the ways you can have your black roof without increasing the temperature in your home (and your electric bill) is to install additional insulation. This insulation blocks the heat absorbed by your dark roof from traveling into your home. Blocking heat keeps you cooler and your energy bills in check.

Another way to keep cool with a black or darker-colored roof is to make sure your attic has proper ventilation. Using the proper number of vents can help release hot air from your attic and help to cool your home. Scott Exteriors can assess your current attic ventilation to determine if you need more vents to accommodate a black or darker-colored shingle.

Do you have more questions about what color roof is right for you? Contact Scott Exteriors today.