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Old 11-12-2021, 08:31 AM   #1
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What’s the logic of black awnings and roof fixtures?

Just yesterday I climbed onto the roof of my new to me 2019 Forza to wash it. As I washed I began questioning why the A/C, roof vents, and awnings were black… Why would anyone use black covers in an environment where we are normally trying to reduce the temperature? I haven’t yet taken a trip in the heat of summer, but expect that the black A/C cover doesn’t help with the efficiency of rejecting heat from the interior. And, those black slide toppers… And, the awnings. Oh well, fashion over function!

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Old 11-15-2021, 08:15 PM   #2
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Black roof fixtures

I have been told by a reliable source in the industry the black will last longer with the sun and heat being least detrimental to the product. Travato John
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Old 11-16-2021, 08:36 AM   #3
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I have been told by a reliable source in the industry the black will last longer with the sun and heat being least detrimental to the product. Travato John
Yes, I learned a long time ago that UV resistant products are black. Everything from zip ties to power cords. Doesn't make sense but it is what it is.
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Old 11-16-2021, 10:25 AM   #4
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Black is actually the most efficient color for radiating heat. Ever notice that all heatsinks and car radiators are painted black? I don't know the logic for awnings but it makes sense for any unit that generates heat.
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