Commercial Roofing Materials That Can Help Reduce Energy Costs
When running a business, every dollar counts. The choices you make about your commercial roof can make a big difference in your costs to run your business. By selecting energy-efficient roofing materials that also last a long time, you can save on roof maintenance and cut down on cooling costs while better withstanding the Central Florida heat. So, when thinking about overhead, consider the thing that is literally over your head, and choose the best commercial roofing material to reduce your energy usage.
Metal roofing holds up for years, stretching your investment over the long run. It’s not only durable and on-trend, but its reflective surfaces could save you energy by preventing your building from absorbing as much heat when the sun is out. (Conversely, other roofing materials can absorb heat and transfer it to the inside of your business, forcing the central air conditioning system to work harder and use more electricity.
Reflective Coatings for Extra Value
A commercial metal roof can last as long as 50 years. Butadding a reflective coating further boosts the cost-saving characteristics, delivering further energy efficiency with the added bonus of helping prevent rust. And for the greatest protection against the heat beating down on your business, get your roof in white!
Retrofitting a Commercial Metal Roof
Metal roofing can work well to retrofit (be installed over) an existing shingle, flat, or other type of commercial roof. Retrofitting provides a greener choice, since it reduces the amount of waste in a landfill. Plus, a retrofitted metal roof can be installed quickly, reducing downtime for your business.You may also possibly retain the existing insulation, further saving you money.
Synthetic Materials for Flat Roofs
Synthetic materials work well for flat roofs, which you often see on commercial buildings.
TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roofing has become increasingly popular for commercial roofs. This single-ply membrane typically comes in light colors that improve energy efficiency by reflecting light and heat. As an added bonus, it provides a degree of fire tolerance.
Another great option for flat or low-slope roofs is modified bitumen. This cost-effective option pairs asphalt with a plastic-like membrane. It provides a good deal of insulation against heat and cold. It’s highly resistant to leaks and wind damage, meaning it can last a long time.
The Wrong Roofing Materials for Energy Efficiency
Shingle roofs can look good for certain architectural styles, especially for pitched roofs. They can also save some money up front on material and installation costs. However, sustained high heat on a non-reflective shingle roof can damage it over time. You are likely to see a shorter lifespan and more need for repairs that you might with a reflective metal roof or other choices. Using a lighter color may help somewhat, but this effect is reduced with asphalt shingles since they are so absorbent of heat regardless of color.
Benefits of Energy-Efficient Commercial Roof Replacement
Energy savings and fewer repairs aren’t the only places you can save money by installing new, efficient roofing materials for your business. Keeping your working conditions comfortably cool generally causes your employees to work more efficiently and productively. A more productive team, along with reduced heating and cooling costs and less maintenance, all add up for the benefit of your business's bottom line. Call Westfall Roofing today to discuss the best commercial roofing materials for your building.