Over 90% of the roofs in the United States are dark colored. In full sun on an 85°F day, a black EPDM roof can reach temperatures near 190°F.
A cool roof is a roofing system with high solar reflectivity (the ability of the surface to reflect UV and infrared wave lengths of the sun) and high emissivity (the ability of the surface to radiate any absorbed heat). Nearly any roof can be converted into a cool roof through the application of elastomeric coatings.
Typically, the long term financial benefits of a cool roof are also an advantage. Some of the benefits include: