1.  Asphalt Shingles are considered one of the least energy efficient roofing materials, because they absorb a lot of heat from the sun, thereby raising the temperature in the attic.

  2. As a result of rising consumer demand for energy efficient roofing materials, asphalt shingles manufacturers have formulated a product that can reduce your roof’s temperature by as much as 20% during the summer months. You can choose from the following options (always look for the Energy Star Label to ensure you are getting the real deal):
  3. Landmark Solaris by CertainTeed: steep slope, solar reflective asphalt roofing shingles
  4. Duration Premium Cool Shingles by Owens Corning: unique light colors, solar reflective shingles
  5. Timberline Cool Series Energy-Saving Shingles by GAF: highly reflective architectural shingles
  6.  All of the above materials include cool roof solar reflective pigmentation, are more energy efficient than non “cool roof” shingles of the same color.
  7.  Although these roof shingles are more reflective, they still store a lot of thermal energy, so even after the sun goes down, your attic space will not be completely cool.
  8.  If energy efficiency is one of your main concerns, you should consider one of the metal roofing options.