Black roofs are a common choice for homeowners and for good reason. They look great, giving your house a bold pop of color and plenty of curb appeal. In addition, black roofs match a variety of paint colors on houses very easily, making them a versatile choice for the long haul. However, are there any negatives to having a black roof on your home?
The summer months can get exceptionally hot, especially in Oklahoma. On hot days, your attic can reach upwards of 150 degrees. A roof that can reflect heat (lighter colored and white roofs, among others) will keep some of that heat out of your attic and ultimately lower your energy bills. Black roofs, however, do not reflect heat very well. Compared to a lighter colored roof, they will reflect much less and absorb much more heat. This does not make them inherently bad, though.
Black roofs will absorb large amounts of heat and can raise energy bills, but they look great and are a good long term option. If you desire a black roof, proper roof ventilation can go a long way in keeping down your energy costs. However, lighter roofs are typically recommended in hot climates and look great as well.
If you have any further questions about roof colors and their pros and cons, would like to have a roof installed, or have any other questions for us about roofing, contact Billings Roofing & Solar at (918) 936-3703.