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Selecting Energy-Efficient Roofing Materials

by Kathy Ziprik, Staff Writer

If you're constructing a home in California, you've probably heard of Title 24. This is the newly adopted 2016 Building Energy Standard for the Golden State that will go into effect in 2017.

For builders outside California, take notice... similar laws could be coming to your area soon.

DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforte Slate

Bellaforté Slate in the Castle Gray-EcoBlend from DaVinci Roofscapes is a beautiful and environmentally friendly option to top a house.

From a roofing standpoint, Title 24 (Part 6) in California requires the use of more energy-efficient roofing materials starting next year. The goal is to use roofing products that help to reflect heat and emit the sun's energy back into the atmosphere instead of into a structure. As a bonus, a cooler roof contributes to a lower heat island effect in heavily populated areas. This in turn helps reduce a home's carbon footprint.

Sounds like a good idea, right? It is. And, it's an idea that can be used in all 50 states to help make a home more energy efficient.

DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforte Shake

The new Tahoe-EcoBlend offers a natural wood color that looks authentic on Bellaforté Shakes.

Another smart idea is to investigate which synthetic roofing tiles are available that meet Title 24 requirements. Why synthetic? Because the majority of these tiles already have many great features, such as fire-, impact- and high-wind resistance. They're lightweight and easy to install, and they come in a wide variety of colors and blends.

Plus, synthetic shake and slate tiles that are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) are certified to help reflect sunlight and heat away from a home. They can also help reduce the cooling load of a structure, and, as a result, increase the energy efficiency of a home.

DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforte Shake

Also shown on Bellaforté Shake roofing, the Mountain-EcoBlend option offers a slightly aged and weathered look.

Some roofing manufacturers are prepared for Title 24 to go into effect. DaVinci Roofscapes has offered an EcoBlend color option for several years that meets CRRC requirements. Available in a Weathered Gray-EcoBlend and Castle Gray-EcoBlend, these polymer tiles have also met the stringent requirements and received ENERGY STAR® designations.

Now, with energy-efficient roofing growing in popularity, the company has also introduced four new EcoBlend polymer slate and shake roofing options that include Tahoe-EcoBlend, Mountain-EcoBlend, Brownstone-EcoBlend and Slate Gray-EcoBlend.

When it's time to select a roof that tops off your next great home project, think about energy-efficient options. Your customers will gain long-term energy savings and you'll be doing something truly beneficial for the environment.