Does Reflective Roofing Make Sense for Northern Facilities?

Posted by Heather Johnson in "Cool Roofs",Commercial Roofing,Roof Replacements,Roofing,TPO Roofing Systems

Reflective Roofing
23 August, 2016

The Advantages of Reflective Roofing for Northern Facilities

Advances in technology are changing the way buildings are constructed or remodeled, and roofs are no exception. The use of reflective roofing, which can protect the building from the sun’s rays, is steadily rising. An increasing number of business owners are opting to install a reflective commercial roof because of the many benefits it presents, even for properties in the North.

A Reflective Roof Can Save Money

Some people mistakenly believe that properties in the North don’t require reflective roofing because they don’t get as warm as buildings in Southern cities do. In reality, during the summer months, the sun actually beats down on a Northern building longer than it does on a Southern one. A roof that absorbs the sun’s heat can become as hot as 190 degrees Fahrenheit and cause the building’s interior to heat up quickly. In turn, the HVAC unit runs more often.  Because electricity for commercial buildings is billed based on its price during peak demand times, a company that runs air conditioning often in the summer time can expect to pay higher prices during the winter as well.

Reflective Roofing Keeps People More Comfortable

A reflective commercial roof ensures your employees and customers are more comfortable than they would be without one. This is especially important if you have a building with a lot of machinery running inside which increase the interior temperature. When considering reflective roofing, you should also think about the type of business you have. If you run a restaurant, the kitchen is already likely to get very warm. When coupled with a traditional, heat-absorbing roof, the work environment could become unbearable.

Your Roof Could Last Longer

By installing a reflective roof, you could actually extend its lifespan. As a traditional roof absorbs the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, it causes faster fading and overall degradation, leading you to pay for expensive repairs more often. Deflecting the UV rays can protect the roof for a longer period of time.

Reflective Roofing Can Be an Accessible Area

Have you been thinking of creating a rooftop bar or restaurant area? If so, you should consider reflective roofing. With traditional roofing causing the temperature to soar into the triple digits, it isn’t feasible or safe for patrons to relax on the rooftop during warm, sunny days. Installing a reflective commercial roof ensures your customers are comfortable and safe while they dine or relax on your rooftop.

Reflective roofing is practical, environmentally friendly and can even be more aesthetically pleasing than traditional roofing materials. Always work with an experienced professional when installing a reflective commercial roof to ensure your property’s structural integrity and safety.