Make Your Commercial Building More Energy Efficient
If there is one thing we know about here in Arizona, it’s how to cope with blazing hot heat. If you are trying to cool your commercial building, you know how expensive it can be. Can energy-efficient roofing, otherwise referred to as a cool roof, help lower your energy bills?
What is a Cool Roof?
A cool roof reflects more light and absorbs less heat than a standard roof. By utilizing the power of light-colored materials with highly reflective properties, these roofs can stay up to 50-60 degrees cooler than a typical roof during the hottest months of the year.
They are most effective in climates with hot summers and dry winters, such as Phoenix. Furthermore, they are great for regulating temperature in those climates with densely populated cities. Unsurprisingly they’re becoming increasingly popular here in Arizona.
The Benefits of Energy-Efficient Roofing
This reflective type of roofing can lead to a host of benefits:
- Reduces air conditioning needs since the building is retaining less heat.
- Decreases electricity consumption, which can lead to fewer power outages.
- Contributes to a cool neighborhood, combatting the “Heat Island Effect.”
- Keeps covered outdoor spaces, such as patios, more comfortable for guests and staff.
- Extends the roof’s service life because it absorbs less heat.
- Increases resale value, especially here in Arizona, as business owners look for spaces with sustainable roofing.
- Lowers energy costs. The average energy cost savings is around 15%.
Instead of replacing your entire roof, you can decide to invest in cool roof coating. These cost-effective options provide similar benefits without sacrificing precious money, time, and resources.
How Much Does an Energy-Efficient Roof Cost?
While each commercial space is different, cool roof coatings typically range from $0.90–$1.75 per square foot. Meanwhile, energy-efficient roof membranes usually end up between $5.50–$8.00 per square foot.
Of course, every roof is different. You’ll want to schedule an official estimate before moving forward with this project.
Is a Cool Roof Worth It?
If you’re looking to replace your commercial roof, investing in energy-efficient options can be expensive.
And while a cool roof offers positive effects on your commercial space and local community, there are a couple of drawbacks:
- Because they are so reflective, they can cause glare.
- Because they are light-colored, dirt and grime build-up are more noticeable.
When comparing the advantages and disadvantages, the longevity and effectiveness of energy-efficient roofs ultimately make the switchover worthwhile. Are you feeling unsure about the right decision for your commercial building? A professional roofing company can conduct a thorough inspection and make recommendations with your best interests in mind.
Keep It Cool With SUNVEK
As a business owner, you have a lot of expenses on your plate. This year, consider roofing that helps keep your commercial space cool, comfortable, and cost-effective.
Need assistance with your Arizona commercial energy-efficient roofing? SUNVEK is always here to help. Our professional team can answer any and all of your commercial roofing questions, from the basics to the most nuanced. Trust us—we’ve seen it all.
Learn more about us, our extensive history, and what makes SUNVEK one of Arizona’s most trusted roofing companies.
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