Did you know that choosing the right commercial roof can lower your energy costs significantly? Depending on the type of building, cooling and heating can account for as much as 70% of the energy used. This can be a major financial burden, and many roof choices are far from efficient.
When it comes time to replace your building’s roof, you can make some choices that will save your company some cash over the long-term. Instead of wasting money on outrageous energy bills each month, there are several new options that you may want to consider.
Insulate Your Roof
When you install a commercial roof, you can also select insulation. Polyiso is a common type of insulation used with commercial roofs which is a high-performance type of plastic. It is available as a liquid, foam, or in rigid insulating boards.
Using polyiso, or something similar, with your roof is an excellent way to save on energy costs. Where and how you place this type of insulation matters. This is something you should discuss with your roofing expert in order to get the most economical solution.
Choose Light Colors
Another effective way to reduce your energy bills is to choose light colors for your roof. Many commercial roofs are black, but this might not be the best choice if you want to be more energy-efficient. A white roof is known as a “cool roof,” and it has several benefits.
A cool roof, often found with TPO roofs, is a similar concept to wearing a light-colored shirt in the sun. The roof will reflect sunlight away from your building, which reduces the heat that is absorbed through your roof. This means that your commercial property will spend less on air conditioning systems to cool the interior. Another benefit is that these roofs are ENERGY STAR-certified.
Install Solar Panels
You may be able to virtually eliminate your energy costs if you opt to harness the power of the sun by installing solar panels on your roof. Known as photovoltaic cells, these panels are not cheap but are an investment that pays for itself over the long term. If your company wants to have solar panels, speak with a roofing expert about the best solution to support these systems.
Get a Green Roof
If you want to be even more eco-friendly and sustainable, you can do something truly progressive with your commercial roof. Instead of opting for a run of the mill industrial roof, you can create one that is “alive” with vegetation. Having grass on your roof will lower your energy costs because it provides extra insulation. You will, however, need waterproofing and irrigation to support this system.
Update Your Roof to Save on Energy Costs
When it’s time for your building to get a new roof, All Seasons Roofing, LLC, can help. We specialize in TPO and EPDM flat roof systems to give our clients the best available products. We have proudly served clients throughout Central Missouri since 2004. Contact us now to learn more about how our services can help your business.