Over the past few decades, roofing contractors have installed roofs using dark, non-reflective materials. While these materials were commonly used, they were also prone to absorbing heat and contributed to excessive heat issues. If you’re worried about temperature control in your building, you may want to consider a cool roof system. This roofing system reduces cooling energy demand in some facilities up to 50%. It also saves you money, lasts longer with lower maintenance costs, improves air quality, and cuts landfill waste.
What is a Cool Roof System?
Generally, a cool roof is a light-colored commercial roofing system that delivers high solar reflectance and higher thermal remittance than traditional roofing systems. It reflects the sun’s heat and damaging rays, and readily emits any absorbed solar heat, to lower the roof and building’s temperature and protect the roof from sunlight degradation.
The Benefits of a Cool Roof System
Provides Greater Comfort
Since a cool roof is highly reflective and releases heat, it significantly reduces roof and building temperatures. The lower temperature increases the overall effectiveness of existing HVAC equipment and reduces the general need for air conditioning.
Also, the interior of your building will experience less pronounced temperature gradients, reducing air temperatures for employees and customers, with or without air conditioning.
Saves You Money
Cool roof systems and materials provide energy savings that can last you a lifetime. A cool roofing system lasts longer than dark-colored or aluminum-coated roofs, which often fail prematurely due to consistent exposure.
Apart from energy savings, cool roofs are a better investment. Based on proven acrylic technology, these roofs have superior waterproofing capabilities that can help you avoid costly leaks.
Creates a Healthier Environment
A cool roofing system lowers energy use and decreases the production of air pollution and greenhouse gas emission. In a cooler environment, facilities reduce their dependency on air conditioners and burn fewer fossil fuels.
Cool roofs also cause significant reductions in ground layer ozone or smog. Plus, since cool roofs can be applied directly over traditional asphalt or built-up roofs, they reduce the need for toxic landfill waste and disposal costs.
Extend and Protect Your Building’s Lifespan
Most cooling roof systems require little to no maintenance. They usually have a longer lifespan than traditional roofing systems, lowering overall maintenance costs and extending the overall life of your roof.
Reduces Energy Use
A cool roof transfers less heat to the building below, so the building can stay cooler and use less energy for air conditioning, which is especially beneficial in the summer months.
Should You Install a Cool Roof System?
Before you decide to install a cool roof, you need to consider whether the cost will justify the energy savings. You will also need to consider the following:
- Your home’s climate and environment
- How well insulated your current roof has
- The type of roof you have
- The efficiency of your heating and cooling system
However, if your roof is in poor condition or nearing the end of its life, you may want to re-cover, replace, or retrofit your roof instead.
Contact T&G Roofing for All Your Cool Roof Needs
Whether your residential or commercial roof needs repairs, T&G Roofing can help. With more than 30 years of experience, we offer quick delivery and service. To schedule your free consultation, contact us today!