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How it Works: Solaris® Cool Roof for Solar Reflectivity

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We’re always looking to the future to meet customer demands. As more consumers request sustainable materials, we are ready with multiple options. By designing ahead of the curve we’re able to offer an extensive line of sustainable products that are effective and stylish.

One of the top sustainable products from our Landmark® series is the Landmark Solaris solar-reflective shingle. Let’s learn more about these shingles and the forward-thinking technology used to develop them.

A Shingle That Reflects Heat

Throughout the day, the sun beats down on your home. Any heat that is absorbed through your roof will warm your house and make you feel uncomfortable. This heat will drive up your air conditioning use, increasing your monthly energy bills. Not only are the sun’s rays costly, but they are also destructive. UV rays degrade building materials and weaken your roof’s ability to protect your home.

At CertainTeed, we’ve developed Solaris Cool Roof shingle technology, which reflects heat rather than absorbing it. Shingles with this technology can reflect more than 40 percent of the sun’s rays, keeping your home cool. By protecting your home from the heat, you will enjoy cooler temperatures and decrease your air conditioning use.

Our Materials Meet Code Requirements

Not only did our team build Solaris Cool Roof shingles with customers in mind, but they also developed them to meet some of the strictest building codes in the United States. Solaris Cool Roof shingles are designed to comply with California Title 24, Part 6, Cool Roof requirements (per the California Energy Commission), which is widely considered as the industry benchmark for cool roof performance.

Select colors can also be used to comply with LA county 31 standards such as Aged Cedar, Birchwood, Burnt Sienna, Crystal Gray, Georgetown Gray, Graphite, Heather Blend, Mist White, Moiré Black, Mojave Tan, Resawn Shake, Silver Birch, Weathered Wood.

Our Solaris Cool Roof shingles can be used by builders who want to qualify for LEED certification, federal tax credits, and other green building programs.  

By staying on top of code requirements, we help builders and homeowners proactively choose green materials that last.

Don’t Sacrifice Your Designs

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice fashion because of function. Our Solaris Cool Roof shingles come in multiple styles and colors, including darker colors, so you can invest in cool roof technology without giving up the aesthetic you want for your home.

Our team is happy to work with you to determine the best shingle option based on your building goals and designs.

Watch Our Feature on Ask This Old House

If you want to see CertainTeed’s Solaris Cool Roof shingle technology in action, watch our feature on Ask This Old House (ATOH). Todd Dianoia, our vice president of research and development, invited ATOH’s technology expert Ross Trethewey to our R&D facility in Norwood, Massachusetts, for a look at our product development and testing processes.

Todd also breaks down the science behind our cool roof shingles in more detail, explaining the “heat island” effect and the Rapid Rating test.

Learn More About Our Solaris Cool Roof Shingles

By investing in the right roofing materials, you can protect your home for years to come. If you are interested in Solaris Cool Roof shingles that can lower energy costs without sacrificing style, browse our selection of Cool Roof shingle colors and styles.  

You can also use our ColorView tool to upload a picture of your home and mask it with our exterior products for remodeling inspiration.

Learn More About Our Roofing Technologies

Solaris Cool Roof is just one of the technologies used in CertainTeed Landmark® PRO shingles. Our shingles also offer algae-resistance, impact-resistance to protect against damaging hail, and high-grade adhesives to protect against wind damage.

Learn more about the technologies that we have developed to help customers protect their homes with strong, durable shingles.