The Benefits of Cool Roofs for your Commercial Building

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Whether you need a new one or are considering an upgrade, there are many things to consider when choosing a new roof.

One thing you’ll want to be sure to consider is a cool roof, which is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a typical roof. The best part is nearly any type of building can benefit from a cool roof.

Cool roofs use material that is designed to absorb less heat Just as wearing light-colored clothing can help keep you cool on a sunny day. They can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles.

Standard roofs can reach temperatures of 150°F or more in the summer months, but a cool roof could stay up to 50°F cooler under the same conditions.

Benefits of Cool Roofs

It can be difficult to understand how a roof can influence energy costs. On average, the roof is exposed to the sun for 12 hours a day. During these 12 hours, the roof is absorbing nearly all of the heat from the sun.

This happens even when the temperatures outside may not be very high. The sun is still producing solar heat, and the roof is absorbing it like a sponge.

Cool roofs can save money several ways, including energy savings, incentives and extended roof lifetime. A cool roof can benefit a commercial building, their property owner, and the environment by:

  1. Reducing energy consumption costs significantly
  2. Decreasing roof temperature, which may extend roof service life.
  3. Helping to reduce local air temperatures.
  4. Contributing to lower the peak electricity demand, which can help reduce power outages.
  5. Reducing power plant emissions, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, and mercury.
  6. Decreasing cooling energy use in buildings.

The Schoppman Difference

When you select Schoppman Company as your General Contractor, we make it a point to present energy saving systems during the design development phase of the project.  We will present options and estimated duration for “payback” of the initial investment.

We take the time to stay current with new energy saving systems which continue to develop as technology allows.

Besides saving money, it’s good for the environment.

Provided by Steve Sperling of Schoppman Company, Inc.,
(770-564-3462 or steve@schoppman.com).

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