Are the trending roof colors bad for the climate?
Updated: Feb 18
Traditionally, South Florida roofs were energy efficient and climate friendly. Tile roofs were typically white concrete or terracotta clay, flat or low sloped roofs had gravel on top to keep them cool and the Key West look was a white metal roof. Shingles roofs became more popular in the 70's because of it's low cost and are not energy efficient.
Today, Dark Charcoal, Black and Dark Browns are the color of choice. The trending colors are dark and very hot! This heat will transfer into the property, increasing the energy consumption. Also, there is a heat island effect where the ambient temperature increases due to the additional heat transfer. We respect the owner's choice in how they want their property to look but need to inform them of this dilemma.