Roofing Materials for Sloped Roofs

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Fact Sheet

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In addition to looking good, a cool roof can reduce roof temperature by as much as 100°F during the summer, also reducing a home's air conditioning requirement. A cool roof is made out of a material that reflects energy and emits heat. When selecting a roofing material, look for high solar reflectance, endurance of high reflectance over time, and high emittance.

This fact sheet compares the most widely used roofing materials in the residential market, asphalt shingles, metal roofing, and clay and concrete tiles, in the categories of:

  • Cost
  • Life-span and warranty
  • Weight
  • Maintenance
  • Insurance premiums
  • Recycled content
  • Energy efficiency
  • Material to landfill

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