The world is becoming a greener place and saving energy is a top priority. Commercial properties can be costly to run so becoming energy efficient offers many advantages. The roofing contributes to the internal temperature of your building. Reflecting the sun and heat away from the roof will keep the building cooler on the inside. Materials that will absorb heat will only increase the temperature inside, causing you to run the air conditioning all the time. When you can run the A/C less often, your utility bills go down. Saving energy also saves you money.
Energy-Efficient Commercial Roofing
Choosing the right roofing materials helps improve energy efficiency. TPO roofing is a popular choice for commercial roofing as it reflects heat, is UV-resistant, and waterproof. It is also low maintenance and versatile, making it a good choice for commercial projects.
5 Tips for Energy-Efficient Roofing
For commercial properties, almost half the energy used is related to the HVAC system. The costs to heat and cool a building have to be carefully monitored in order to avoid energy and money waste. With a few helpful tips, you can make sure your roof is energy-efficient to help keep the costs and waste down. While there are several ways to become green and save energy, fixing the roof is one of the easier options to start with.
1. Use Energy Efficient Materials
If you have a new building or need to replace your current roofing, consider energy-efficient materials. Many roofing materials are already designed to reduce energy such as metal roofing. Metal provides insulation and cooling, reflecting the sun away during the day. Roofing materials that are light-colored also help reflect the sun and should be used over darker colored roofing that will absorb heat.
2. Roof Coating
The use of cool roof coatings is a great way to save energy and money. A roof without a coating can reach temperatures close to 150 degrees in the heat of summer. A roof that gets this hot will lead to a hot building and easily warped materials. Applying a roof coating adds a layer of protection and reflects the heat away to present overheating. With a properly applied coating, a commercial roof temperature can drop by 50%, so your building is comfortable and you save money.
Without proper ventilation, problems can develop quickly. Ventilation helps regulate airflow through the building and without this, moisture can build up increasing the risk of structural damage. With quality ventilation, you can keep the outside air out so your HVAC system can run more efficiently.
4. Sustainable Roofing Options
When you use sustainable materials you make sure your roof will last. The materials and their longevity contribute to energy savings over time and help protect the environment. Materials like metal and concrete can be recycled and last a long time. You can also choose to have a green roof with vegetation for a completely eco-friendly roofing option.
You can also reduce energy use by installing skylights. This means you can use natural light instead of electricity. Natural light is free and is also linked to higher productivity levels. Having a skylight will lower energy use and reduce the heat that lighting can generate. They also reduce glare and protect against overheating.
With these tips, you can make sure your commercial roof is energy efficient. Reach out to us today to discuss the best options for your roof and budget so we can help you start saving energy and money.