You’ve probably heard about cool roofing solutions over the years and how they can save you money. How exactly does that work? Well, with a properly installed cool roofing system, you can expect exception energy savings from your HVAC system and lower maintenance costs for your roofing.
How Does a Cool Roof Work?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy,
“Standard or dark roofs can reach temperatures of 150°F or more in the summer sun. A cool roof under the same conditions could stay more than 50°F cooler and save energy and money by using less air conditioning.”
One of the most literal terms in the roofing industry, “cool roofing” reduces the surface temperature of your system for better energy efficiency. This is usually achieved by making your roof more reflective, either by using alternative roofing materials or via flat roof coatings. As a result, your HVAC unit won’t have to work as strenuously to compensate for extra heat. That means fewer calls to your HVAC company for commercial air conditioner and heater repair.
What is a Cool Roof Made Of?
There’s more than one way to craft a cool roof, such as…
- Metal roofing materials (especially aluminum)
- Light-colored single ply material (TPO and PVC are favorites)
- White roof coatings (acrylics and other elastomeric solutions)
When you’re installing or replacing your commercial roof, the material you pick has a tremendous impact on your building’s energy efficiency. A well-insulated roof will keep cool air inside your building, while a reflective roof will keep the extra heat out. Popular materials for cool flat roofs include white TPO and PVC, while aluminum is a favorite for sloped roofing systems.
However, you don’t have to wait for roof replacement to access the benefits of a cool roof. Many benefits utilize acrylic coatings for their reflective capabilities. In very humid and high-precipitation climates, urethane modified acrylics add enhanced waterproofing capabilities to ensure your coating lasts. Coatings are very easy to install, plus they have minor restorative capabilities perfect for roofs with cracking and abrasions.
Flat Roof Coatings and Commercial Roof Installation
Are you eager to get the ball rolling on your company’s cool roof? We’d love to help you! You’re welcome to call our Keystone General Contracting, LLC professionals at (318) 703-4780 to get an estimate on your roofing system.