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How to Choose a Commercial Cool Roof

Cool roofs cut down on energy costs and help avoid the need for rolling blackouts in urban areas during months with extremely high temperatures.

There are various choices in cool roof materials, however, so how to choose a commercial cool roof may seem daunting. You want to focus on the “coolness” each roof system provides, which is typically labeled by its Solar Reflectance Index (SRI). A minimum SRI of 65 is recommended for a low sloop roof. It’s a calculation of solar reflectance and thermal emittance values.  This downloadable spreadsheet can calculate SRI.

You have three options: to coat the roof, recover the roof with a new waterproofing surface, or tear off the existing roof and replace it. Talk with a roofing contractor or consultant to determine which option makes sense for your building.

Why Should I Choose a Cool Roof for my Building?

A reflective cool roof can lower energy costs, decrease the surface temperatures (cutting down on the urban heat island effect), provide a long-lasting water-tight layer on virtually any existing flat roof system, and prolong the life of your building’s roof.

Pittsburgh instituted a cool roofs program in 2013 to help city-owned businesses cut down on average electricity costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Similarly, Philadelphia approved legislation requiring all new construction use highly reflective roofing materials. The city received a grant to retrofit existing buildings with energy-efficient commercial roofing materials.

Moreover, flat roof restoration with a cool roof coating can save building owners thousands of dollars when compared to the cost of a roof replacement. Also, our professional team of roofing contractors can install a cool roof system on your building without the need to shut down your facility.

Do Conklin Cool Roofs Help Save Cooling Costs?

Conklin’s Roofing Systems combine superior-quality products with more than 40 years of tested, proven, and trusted performance so that building owners and property managers get unsurpassed value in their roofing systems.

Conklin innovative cool roofing systems are American-made, lightweight, and weatherproof. They do more than just protect roofs; they meet the EPA’s requirements for energy efficiency with a reflectivity of 80% or higher.

If you’re interested in a high reflective roof for your facility, give us a call. We offer free consultations as well as free commercial roof inspections.




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