4 Ways an Energy-Efficient Commercial Roof Can Benefit Business
Increased competition is minimizing the profits of even the strongest industries. Leaders and executives must constantly be looking for ways to reduce spending without letting employees go. Installing an energy-efficient roof on your commercial or industrial building is one way to help improve bottom line. There are also an abundance of other ways in which an energy-efficient commercial roof is beneficial.
Reduced Expenses for Climate Control
One of the ways that a greener commercial roof can benefit your business is through climate control. In the hot days of summer it is unbearable to be inside a building without air conditioning for a long time. Many commercial and industrial buildings end up spending large sums of money keeping the building cool, because they must circulate air conditioning throughout the entire building. Americans spend an average of $40 billion every year to air condition buildings, which accounts for one-sixth of all the electricity generated across the United States. Energy-efficient roofs can serve the same cooling purpose as air conditioning.
Whereas traditional roofs are often hotter than the air and will transfer heat into the building, energy-efficient roofs can remain cooler by reflecting the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them. Less heat transfers from the roof into the building because the roof reflects more rays away from the building. An energy-efficient roof can reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 15% for a single-story building. Since heat rises, the upper level of buildings can often be especially sweltering. For multiple story buildings, the cooling power of the roof will reduce the amount of heat transferred, keeping the upper stories cooler than they would otherwise be.
Reduced Maintenance Costs
Not only will an energy-efficient roof save you money on air conditioning, it will save you money on roof maintenance. Depending on the repair, roof maintenance can be extremely expensive, especially for commercial and industrial buildings that have large roofs. There are numerous ways that a roof can suffer damage, some of which include a fallen tree, pooling water, or incidences of human error. One of the main ways that roofs wear down over time, however, is deterioration from the sun. Ultraviolet and infrared radiation can cause serious damage to a roof. With an energy-efficient roof, more of the sun’s rays reflect away, preventing radiation from deteriorating the roof, and saving you expensive maintenance costs.
Industry Best Warranty
Along with reduced air conditioning and maintenance expenses, energy-efficient roofs have industry best warranty. Specialists are so confident about the longevity of these roofs that many of them will ensure a longer lifespan than they do with traditional roofs.
Attracts Customers with Eco-Friendly Methods
A large number of consumers take note of how companies treat the environment and factor that into their opinion of the business. Possibly the most foundational benefit to having an energy-efficient roof is the impact it has on the environment. First, it will reduce the temperature of the air in your area. Referred to as the urban heat island effect, cities are often hotter because of the density of buildings and pavement that soak up heat. If the temperature in your area is cooler, it will save energy because people will be using less air conditioning.
Energy-efficient roofs also reduce hazardous emissions from power plants. Large commercial and industrial buildings that need excessive amounts of energy to cool their buildings cause the release carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and many other dangerous gases into the environment from power plants. Energy-efficient roofing reduces the need to spend more power on air conditioning, therefore reducing the harmful emissions. Many consumers appreciate when businesses show appreciation and care for the environment, so going green with your roof may attract people to your business.
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