Many people believe that shingle color is more important than its functionality when it comes to esthetics. It is obvious that lighter shingles will be more susceptible to dirt, grime and age than those with darker colors. According to the Florida Solar Energy Center, shingle color is important. These are their findings: * Black shingles have an absorptance of 97 %, while white shingles have an absorptance of 76 % Black shingles are 25 percent hotter than white at peak temperatures, which makes them 25% more expensive than white. If high temperatures are a factor, black shingles will deteriorate quicker than white shingles.

*White shingles have lower energy cooling costs than those made of black.

* Shingles of any color are poor sun-reflectors.

Shingle color has an impact on curb appeal and energy efficiency. Roof temperatures are affected by whether the attic is vented or sealed. These factors should be considered when selecting a shingle color.

* Because black or dark colored roofing shingles absorb more heat they are better suited for roofs in colder climates. These roofs will melt snow faster than those with white or lighter colored shingles.

* Black shingles allow houses in colder climates stay warmer in winter, which helps to lower heating costs.

* Shingles that are white or lighter in color reflect heat better than black shingles, so they are well-suited to high temperatures. These homes will have lower cooling costs.

The selection of the right roofing material for your job is complicated. Consult the old time roofing experts before pulling the trigger, to be sure you are making the best decision possible.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in Saint Petersburg, FL! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.