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White roofs aren't so cool

White roofs aren't so cool

One of the latest trends in home energy efficiency is the white roof, as described in a recent Sun article ("Push urged for more cool roofs in Baltimore," Oct. 15). Indeed, they can be useful in certain climates, but I would urge careful consideration before jumping on the cool roof bandwagon in a northern city like Baltimore.

I work for a Pennsylvania-based roofing material manufacturer that produces both black and white roofing membranes, so I am offering what I believe is an informed and unbiased perspective. The idea that white roofs always save energy and reduce pollution is, unfortunately, a green myth.

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