making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

Three Reasons Your Next Commercial Building Should Have A Cool Roof

by Lorraine Fisher

Commercial buildings can benefit from cool roofing just as residential buildings can. If you're planning a new commercial building for your business, don't overlook this crucial aspect of design that can affect energy efficiency and so many other things. Whether you choose metal roofing material, coat your roof with a cool roof coating, or use a rooftop garden to make it even more eco-friendly, a cool roof has a lot to offer your company. Here are three reasons to consider planning a cool roof for your next commercial building.

1. Longevity

A cool roof can actually last much longer than a roof that heats up more. There are several reasons for this. First of all, common cool roof materials are more durable and have longer lifespans than other common commercial roofing materials. For example, modified bitumen roofing may require replacement after just twenty years, whereas even the cheapest variety of metal roofing lasts over twice that long. Another reason cool roofs last longer is because the lower temperatures they reach on sunny days mean they're less susceptible to thermal shock, which can take a toll on hotter roofs and shorten their lifespan.

2. Savings

One way cool roofs can save money in your budget is by diminishing the number of roof replacements you'll need to plan for. If your roof lasts twice as long, after all, you'll only need half as many replacements. Another way cool roofs save money is by reducing the load on your AC system. Often the AC energy savings from a cool roof can be up to 15%

3. Ecological footprint

Both the reduced roofing materials used (due to reduced replacement frequency) and the reduced AC energy usage involved with having a cool roof can be viewed as more ecologically friendly business practices. Manufacturing roofing materials is a process heavy on natural resource use, and AC energy usage does its share to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This means that in addition to saving you money, a cool roof can help you present your company as an eco-friendly one, allowing your business to market more effectively to environmentally responsible demographics.

These three benefits show how cool roofing can help your business both by improving its public image as an eco-conscious company and by directly increasing profits (by way of reducing roofing and AC expenses). Whether you choose metal, tile, or concrete, cool roofing materials may be the best choice for your next building project.


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making decisions about roof replacements

Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.