Guest User
3/19/2012
Greetings, I am undertaking a large custom home build in SW Florida. We are trying to incorporate a lot of energy efficient features and we have decided on a "tin roof" (galvanized steel). That said, I have my heart set on a black roof and today my contractor had expressed that "the roof will get so hot, you will lose a lot of the energy benefits we are trying to create in your home." I was crushed... Is a black roof just wrong for my location? Is there anything that can be done to mitigate the issue and make it workable? Thank you for your help in advance!
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
3/19/2012
Through a combination of a black roof with reflective pigment and good ventilation, either above or below the roof decking or both, you can have a very energy efficient roof system. My company, as an example, manufactures black metal roofs meeting Energy Star reflectivity requirements; I am sure that other companies do as well.
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3/20/2012
+1 Good high SR paint, above deck venting, proper thermal break, and your roof will perform just as good as a white roof.
Guest User
3/20/2012
I've been trying to research it but I can't find succinct info out there that I could easily give my builder without him having to read 100 articles and piece things together. Would you have any reference material that I could pass onto my builder to help address this issue? And, maybe some info on your company's products? Would this work even in the blistering heat of South Florida? Thank you for responding so quickly!
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
3/21/2012
Thanks JDW. I do not normally use this venue to promote my own company's products but since you asked and I am not sure how else to contact you, I will provide some links. This page explains and gives details on the energy efficiency of these systems: http://www.classicmetalroofingsystems.com/about-metal-roofing/cool-metal-roofing/ The following pages give details on our two products which are available in Black with reflective pigment: http://www.classicmetalroofingsystems.com/styles/rustic-shingle/ http://www.classicmetalroofingsystems.com/styles/oxford-shingle/ These products are tested and proven for south Florida environments.We sell a fair amount of roofing into the area from Tampa down to Naples.

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