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With temperatures feeling warmer every summer, more building owners are turning to reflective roofs, also known as white roofs, to help keep the heat at bay. This type of cool roofing helps absorb less heat by reflecting the sun’s rays, and it’s a more cost-effective way to decrease the temperature inside the building.

What Is Involved with Having Reflective Roofs Installed

When it comes to the installation of reflective roofs on commercial buildings, the process can look something like this:

  • Use of fluid-applied system to create a more competent seal against intense weather
  • Installation of a non-permeable membrane which helps protect against monsoon rains, hurricane force winds, and intense UV radiation
  • Use of fluid coating is generally white in color and is applied in multiple layers for maximum effect and best solar reflectance

When it comes to reflective roof renovations, the non-permeable membrane can be replaced as often as every fifteen to twenty-five years to help protect the life of the roof with little disruption to the those inside the building. The material can conveniently be applied to a number of existing roofing systems including BUR, foam, metal, single-ply, and modified designs.

The good news is that getting a reflective roof is not restricted to new builds. Some structures with an existing roof may be able to change over to reflective in a renovation. Roof replacement is relatively expensive and can cause a disruption to daily activities, and it is not typically recommended unless deemed essential to the integrity of the structure and the people it protects.

A reflective roof installation via renovation can be a more attractive option than a complete roof replacement. The advantages of a reflective roof via renovation include:

More affordability.  Replacing a roof is a huge project that includes discarding old materials, hauling it away, and installing new materials. Comparatively, a roof renovation can cost up to fifty percent less, which is a substantial savings.

More accommodating.  There is a lot of noise and material associated with roof replacements that also require a lot of staff. This extra noise and activity can be distracting to those in the building and may negatively impact their productivity and well-being. A roof renovation for a reflective roof can decrease noise and activity levels significantly, which causes less disruption.

Good warranty options.  A reputable roofing company will provide a warranty for renovation work. Particularly when it comes to the fluid-applied systems used for renovations, the material is quite reliable—in fact, it’s so reliable that a warranty of up to twenty-five years may be offered.

Less waste.  Companies that are mindful of reducing their carbon footprint and doing all they can to protect the environment choose roof renovations as they result in significantly less waste, making this a popular green option.

What Are the Benefits of Reflective Roofs?

The most obvious benefit of a reflective roof is its ability to keep a structure’s interior cooler. This type of roof is designed to reflect the sun’s rays and thermal emittance. However, there are a number of additional benefits that can make all the difference for commercial buildings, including:

1. Promoting safety in intensely hot climates.  Extreme heat can be a safety issue, especially for vulnerable populations. In the intense heat of summer, the difference in the temperature of a non-reflective roof and a reflective roof can be as much as eighty degrees. By having a reflective roof in place, it is estimated to potentially reduce the interior temperatures of a building by up to thirty degrees.

2. Reducing emissions. The use of a reflective roof can yield a reduction in emissions such as carbon dioxide.

3. Saving money on energy bills.  In locations that experience hot summer temperatures of ninety degrees Fahrenheit or higher, it is not uncommon for a commercial building’s HVAC system to work overtime. Although the extra effort helps keep the building cooler, it is taxing on the unit itself and can dramatically raise the cost of an energy bill. Structures that utilize a reflective roof may offer a reduction in energy bills of up to twenty percent.

What to Look for In a Roofing Company that Installs Reflective Roofs

If it has been a while since the building’s last roof check, the first step is to call a trusted and reputable roofing company for an inspection. If the professional roofer finds that the roof is in need of repair, be sure to ask them about the possibility of installing a reflective roof via renovation.

The key to the having the best experience is to hire a roofing company that exhibits professionalism and experience. Some of the most important things to consider when choosing a roofing company include:

    • Experience: Look for a company in which each member of the roofing team brings valuable industry experience to the table.
    • Reputation: By searching online as well as visiting with past clients, you will have a better idea of the work the company does and what to expect.
    • Services: Be sure the company provides services for a variety of roof types for the most comprehensive job that includes dealing with cracks, leaks, and more.
    • Recognition: Look to see if the company has been officially recognized locally for their philanthropic activity or quality of work. This can speak volumes about the provider in a way that a review cannot.

Reflective roofs are durable and preferred for their benefits and cost-savings. For more information about reflective roofs and whether installation may be a possibility for your building, please reach out to RoofCARE today.

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