Going Solar with Shingles

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ExteriorRoofing

Recently, our staff at R.S. Toyama Roofing Service Inc. completed our first composition shingle application in Newtown, Aiea. We have re-roofed many homes there in the past with cedar shake shingles and other manufactured cementitious material, but never with composition shingles. The reason was that the association did not allow it previously.

This homeowner opted to use solar reflective shingles, although they cost more, rather than conventional shingles. With concrete tiles on the roof initially, the homeowner wanted to make the house cooler by any means necessary.

This type of shingles is being manufactured by many companies. One company in particular makes them in three grades with different reflectivities. It is important to know the reflectivity of the shingles you are purchasing. The higher the reflectivity, the less heat transfers into the attic.

You can visit websites of various manufacturers to make comparisons, and once you have decided, then you can ask your contractor to give you a price based on your choice.

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