If You’re Home Needs a New Roof Consider Certainteed’s Landmark Solaris (energy efficient shingle)

There are many ways to save energy on your home. Did you know that your roof is one of the ways you can conserve energy? In Colorado Springs, summer temperatures may reach 100 degrees. A roofs’ surface temperature can be 50-60 degrees hotter, easily reaching 160 degrees during a sunny summer day. Did you also know that Americans spend approximately $40 billion annually to air condition buildings- that is a sixth of electricity generated in this country?! Having an energy efficient roof can help cut down electric costs in your home. Of course, in Colorado Springs some of our older homes don’t even have an air conditioning unit and it would make a lot of sense to reduce radiant heat transfer.

Qualified energy efficient roof

Qualified energy efficient roofs reflect more of the sun’s rays which in turn allows the home to stay at a cooler temperature. When your home is cooler you will not have to constantly run your air conditioning unit in the summer! Could you imagine being able to cut your electricity costs in half just by having an energy efficient roofing system? While roofing in Colorado Springs, CO, Integrity Roofing and Painting, LLC discovered the Landmark Solaris Platinum shingle manufactured by Certainteed. Certainteed is owned by Saint-Gobain, which is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of building materials. This particular shingle is a steep-slope, solar reflective asphalt roofing shingle which contains advanced colored granules that can reflect solar energy and radiate heat far better than traditional roofing shingles, which will in turn reduce your roof’s temperature during the summer heat. The reflectance value of this particular shingle is 40%. Below is a comparison of a energy efficient shingle VS a traditional shingle.

Energy Efficient Shingle VS Traditional Shingle

Energy efficient shingle (Certainteed Landmark Solaris)

-Two-piece laminated fiber glass-based construction

-250 lbs. per square

-UL Class A fire resistance

-UL certified to meet ASTM D3462

-UL certified to meet ASTM D3018 Type I

-Conforms to CSA standard A123.5 Meets -California Title 24 requirements for reflectance and emittance

-Meets ENERGY STAR® requirements Miami-Dade Product Control Acceptance: Please see the Notice of Acceptance (NOA) to determine approved products by manufacturing locations.

Traditional shingle (Certainteed Landmark)

-Two-piece laminated fiber glass-based construction

-229/240 LBS. Per Square (weight dependent on manufacturing facility)

-UL Class A Fire Resistance

-UL Certified to meet ASTM D3462

-UL Certified to meet ASTM 3018 Type |

-Conforms to CSA standard A123.5
Miami-Adde Product Control Acceptance: Please see the Notice of Acceptance (NOA) to determine approve products by manufacturing location.

Certainteed Landmark Solaris

If you’re interested in working with an expert roofing contractor in Colorado Springs, CO, Integrity Roofing and Painting, LLC has invested time and energy in understanding the dynamics of Solaris. One of our project managers, John Mayo made the following statement,”Solaris can greatly reduce indoor heating by reflecting ultra violet rays away from the structure. This can in turn create less stress on indoor cooling units, that may have to otherwise work double time to keep the home cool with other products that do not reflect the sun’s harmful rays. Installing the Certainteed Landmark Solaris product may reduce premature shingle deterioration, which can reduce cost on roofing maintenance! Many commercial buildings use a reflective coating that does the same as this shingle, the difference is Certainteed has created a product, whether dark in color, or lighter in color, will reflect the sun’s harmful rays, creating cooler indoor temps, saving on energy bills and ultimately saving  the consumer money in roof maintenance.”

Cool roofs

Energy efficient roof imageCool Roofs is a roofing system that delivers higher solar reflectance and higher thermal emittance than standard designed roofing products. Solar reflectance is the ability to reflect the visible, infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths of the sun, reducing heat transfer to the building. Thermal emittance is the ability to radiate absorbed, or non-reflected solar energy. Historically, cool roofs have been either white or some other lighter shade color. Cool roofs can also enhance roof durability and reduce both building cooling loads and urban heat island effect.
Did you know that 30% of the roofs in the United States are dark-colored? The surface of a black roof can increase the temperature by more than 100 degrees fahrenheit, reaching temperatures up to 190 degree’s. This increase in surface temperature can contribute to the following inconveniences.

  1. Increased cooling energy use and higher utility bills.
  2. Discomfort in indoor temperature
  3. Deterioration of roofing materials at an accelerated rate which will in turn cause higher maintenance costs and high levels of roofing waste sent to landfills. Which makes it “green” in a whole new way!
  4. Increased air pollution due to the intensification of the “heat island effect”

The term “heat island” is an area that has heat build up that is warmer than nearby rural areas. Per the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) the annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8 to 5.4 degrees fahrenheit warmer than its surroundings. During the evening hours the difference can be as elevated as 22 degrees fahrenheit. This can affect our community by increasing energy demand, air pollution and green house emissions, water quality, and air conditioning costs will elevate dramatically. In addition to the heat island effect there may be health benefits to being energy efficient in your homes. Did you know that one degree rise in air temperature increases smog by 3% according to the CRRC (Cool Roof Rating Counsel) Smog can not only destroy our ozone it can also cause asthma, lung damage, and eye irritation.

I know that parts of the information about cool roofs may be a little bit of a stretch. Some of this information is coming from the E.P.A. and it may have a political agenda attached with it, however at the end of the day I personally believe that cool roofs are beneficial and if you’re interested in a roofing company in Colorado Springs, Colorado that can install a cool roof, Integrity Roofing and Painting, LLC can help.

The commercial roofing industry has adopted cool roofs. In the commercial roofing industry, It is not just important for a building to install a cool roof system, its advantageous to share with other business owners’ about it as well, so that they too can help conserve energy in our community. There is no losing when it comes to reducing energy consumption in our community, if it can be reasonably accomplished when the roof system is being replaced. Statistics show, if there was a nationwide implementation of cool roofs there would be an annual savings of $1 billion in cooling costs per the Cool Roof Rating Counsel!

Energy Efficient Shingle Installer in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Integrity Roofing and Painting, LLC, the premier roofing company in Colorado Springs, CO is one of only a handful of roofing companies in the state of Colorado that has qualified as a Certainteed Shingle Master Company. Less than 1% of all roofing companies in the United States have qualified for this prestigious position. We are proud to offer the Certainteed Landmark Solaris energy efficient shingle to our community. Please contact us to discuss installing this shingle on your home or if you’d prefer we can be reached at (719) 488-2800.