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Why Energy Star Rating Of Shingles Is Important

 John D. Rockefeller was one of the wealthiest Americans to have ever lived. Worth roughly $189 billion in today’s terms according to Wealthy Matters, Rockefeller routinely gave dimes away to little children. He knew the value of saving and encouraged his young audiences to save and invest. Energy Star-rated shingles are one way to both spend and save when getting a new roof.

The Federal Energy Star Program

Energy Star is a federal effort by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to accomplish three things:

  • Reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy sources
  • Save Americans money
  • Reduce America’s carbon footprint

Energy Star researches and recognizes building products that help achieve those goals. By studying Energy Star websites, the average homeowner can get many items to lower bills, improve heating and cooling, and protect our environment. Typical items:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Air conditioners
  • Skylights
  • Appliances
  • Shingles

Many homeowners are surprised to find shingles are also Energy Star products. These fiberglass-asphalt products can win the Energy Star label if they are proven to save energy. While many manufacturers have Energy Star products, only Owens Corning can provide a variety of shingle colors (even darker tones) which qualify.

Special engineering makes the shingles’ granules highly reflective, sending unwanted heat back into the atmosphere instead of into your home.  Duration® Premium COOL Shingles come in four colors.

  • Frosted Oak
  • Harbor Fog
  • Sage
  • Sunrise

This means you are not limited to a light gray or nearly white shingle in order to save money and help the environment. You still achieve the good goals of theprogram without sacrificing your home’s beauty.

By carefully engineering solar reflectance and increased thermal emittance, Owens Corning has produced a beautiful and practical shingle suitable for the finest Birmingham homes.


An Energy Star-rated roof is an investment not only in your environment and country, but it is also a great investment in your home. Owens Corning’s Duration shingles come with a limited warranty, an algae resistance warranty, and certifications to withstand winds of up to 130 mph.

To learn more about Energy Star products, roofing for your Birmingham home, and our program of high-quality installation, please contact us at Yellowhammer Roofing. Our expertly trained crews can transform your home into a showpiece of energy efficiency, beauty, and comfort.

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