A certain amount of energy gets used to heat and cool any building. The extent of the energy consumption diminishes, if the building has solar reflective shingles on its rooftop.

Those shingles have a marked ability to reflect infrared radiation.

If you have had issues with the roof, calling in the Roof Repair experts in San Mateo helps. They know that when a roof’s surface contains solar reflective shingles, it reflects more infrared radiation than the amount rejected from a conventional rooftop.

That decreases the amount of infrared radiation that could be consumed by the roof’ surface. When there is less radiation in that surface, the building under the same surface enjoys a greater freedom from the effects of such radiating energy.

If too much radiating energy were allowed to enter the building, then it would place the same structure under a large amount of stress. In other words, the presence of the solar reflective shingles limits that amount of stress within the building’s structure.

A reduction of the stress within any building facilitates the operation of the same buildings HVAC system. That is the system that delivers the heat, ventilation and air conditioning.

When the HVAC system is running smoothly, there is less fluctuation in the roof’s temperature. That reduced amount of temperature fluctuation helps to prolong the life of the roofing structure.

Special considerations for homes in hot locations

Homeowners that invest in solar reflective shingles, after purchasing a house in an especially hot region of the United States qualify for a tax credit. That tax credit is good for the year in which the reflective shingles were installed.

The homeowners that receive the tax credits also enjoy electricity savings during the warmer months. The AC system does not operate round the clock, because there is less heat in the roofing structure.

Tips for homeowners that qualify for tax credits

The homeowner/tax payer must have proof of the fact that the rooftop contains solar reflective shingles. Those homeowners that use an accountant should work with the accountant, in order to mention the tax credits on the form that must go to IRS.

If a homeowner were operating a business from his/her house, then the money spent on the solar reflective shingles might qualify as a investment in the business’ property. A smart taxpayer/entrepreneur would discuss that possibility with his/her accountant.

While the tax credits could only be used during a single year, any savings in the electricity bill would continue for as long as the reflective shingles remained on the rooftop. That fact should be in the mind of any person that is trying to determine the wisdom behind spending money on a poorly tested roofing system.

That fact highlights the challenge to judging the worth of a roofing system that contained solar reflective shingles.