Florida’s hot climate is a result of the almost constant sunshine and high humidity. It can be difficult to keep buildings cool and comfortable in the heat without turning up the air conditioner. A simple roof treatment can make your ordinary roof a cool roof. This is the type that reflects more sunlight and absorbs less heat.
There are many materials and methods that can be used to make a cool roof. The principal principle of a roof is to apply a reflective or white coating that will reflect the sun’s ultraviolet rays off the building.
The U.S. Department of Energy states that standard roofs can heat up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. In the same conditions, cool roofs stay 50degF cooler. They are effective and have many benefits. Let’s look at the biggest perks and what you can look forward to when you get a cool roof for your home.
You can dramatically reduce your energy consumption by stopping heat from escaping through your roof. According to the EPA, cool roofs can save 50 cents per square feet every year. Other findings from Energy Star indicate that cool roofs can save building owners between 7 and 15% on cooling costs and even reduce peak cooling demand by up to 10-15%.
These savings can dramatically reduce your monthly utility bills, making a cool roofing investment a high-ROI one. A cool roof can make it easier to live in Florida’s hotter climates.
Commercial and industrial buildings often require temperature control to preserve products and materials. Warehouses and storage rooms that need to house temperature-sensitive goods are prone to overheating here in southern Florida. They may need to be removed completely if they are exposed to too much heat.
A cool roof will prevent this type of mishap from happening. Cooling the interior will not only save you from burning in non-air-conditioned areas, but it will also prevent your HVAC equipment from overheating to maintain safe temperatures in A/C zones.
The sun plays a significant role in the degradation of roofing materials. Roofs can be warped and cracked by heat accumulation. This type of structural damage can also be caused by UV rays.
Cool roofs are extremely resilient to these forces because they absorb very little heat and reflect the sun’s UV rays back towards the sky. Cool roofs are often highly waterproof which further enhances their durability. Cool roofs can last longer than traditional ones, which will save you money on future repairs.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Pinellas County Commercial Roofing company! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.