Ok, It's Decided.....We've Changed Our Mind
LOL, Yep, sure did - already - knew we would - told you we would too - it's just inevitable. But it's a good change, of course. The shingles we really like are top-of-the-line, excellent in quality & durability, but the ones we decided to switch to are also far better at heat reflection from the sun. Twenty percent better!
CertainTeed's Presidential Shake, Impact Resistant, Classic Weathered Wood was the original one:
Love the architectural difference the various shaped shingles produce.
CertainTeed's Landmark Solaris Gold, Impact Resistant, Max Def Weathered Wood is what we've ordered:
These are lighter in color and look a bit more like weathered shingles, and they almost match perfectly the real wood shingles they're replacing (which we're keeping so I can use them in other projects, such as the lower section of the greenhouse I'll be building from old windows - but that's a (much) later post).
As the website explains, "Landmark Solaris GOLD IR forms a barrier between your roof and the sun that reduces your roof's temperature by as much as 20 percent in the summer." And out in the middle-of-nowhere Kansas prairie.....we'll need it!
Their site also states about these shingles:
- Rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) for cool roofs
- Landmark Solaris GOLD IR shingles may qualify for credits/points in LEED, NAHB and other "green" programs
- All colors are ENERGY STAR® qualified roof products
- Tough fiber glass reinforced base to help achieve the highest impact resistant rating from U.L.
- Tested to withstand the impact of a 2" steel ball being dropped from 20 feet in the air
- In some areas, insurance companies offer homeowner discounts if you install an impact-resistant shingle
Discounts, tax incentives, lower cooling bills in the summer - all good things! I can't wait to see the finished look!