When you mention improving energy efficiency to any home or business owner, the first thing their mind often goes to things like their lights and how often they run their air conditioner. While improving these aspects of your business can cut back on energy, many property owners often forget how immense an impact the roof over their head can have. For those who want to sharply increase their energy efficiency, reflective roofing materials are quickly becoming a popular option. Here are just a few of the reasons why.
Nobody wants to work in a stuffy, warm office. Why would you want your employees to have to do so? A reflective roof can greatly reduce the amount of heat your roof absorbs, which means less heat will seep into your building, requiring less cooling to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Lower electric bills
Because less heat penetrates into your building from your roof, you don’t have to run your air conditioner as often. When you consider how the vast majority of energy consumed in the United States goes to heating and cooling, this is a potentially tremendous savings for your business.
Less energy consumption often means fewer fossil fuels being burned to power your facility. In fact, when reflective roofing materials are combined with high-efficiency solar panels, some businesses have been able to achieve a net-zero carbon emissions rating, saving themselves thousands of dollars each year!
The elements are your roof’s biggest adversary: rain, snow, ice, and intense levels of UV radiation can all lead to considerable wear and damage over time. However, much of this damage comes from the fact that your roof absorbs dangerous radiation, allowing it to cause damage. Reflective roofs instead send most of this radiation back into the atmosphere, preventing it from damaging your roof, thus increasing its lifespan.
Reflective roof materials are only marginally more expensive than a normal roofing material, making them not all that much greater of an investment to make. When you consider the amount of money you’ll save on your utilities, these roofs can actually make themselves worth the investment in a few short months or years, at which point they start actually saving you money!