How Do Cool Roofs Save Energy?

Roofing for Energy Savings

Metal Roofing, Particularly Aluminum Offers Superior Energy Savings by Reflecting More Sunlight.

Energy efficient roofing has transformed from far flung goal into an attainable opportunity. You don’t have to be a Fortune 500 business to afford a roofing system that helps you conserve energy and lower your utility bill. Nowadays, there are numerous options available on the market that provide “cool roofing” status for your rooftop. Whether you’re an enterprising business owner looking to streamline your utility expenses or you’re a homeowner craving consistent energy savings, here is a brief guide to get you started on your hunt!

How Does Cool Roofing Create Savings?

Cool roofing is very similar to green roofing; the primary goal of cool roofing is to block outside heat and insulate your home or business to preserve conditioned air. In turn, this lessens the demand upon your HVAC system. When your system doesn’t need to be turned on as often, it costs less to keep your home or office comfortable. With lower expenses each day (especially during sunlight hours), this efficiency rapidly generates substantial savings over the course of the year.

There are multiple ways to produce the cool roofing effect. For homeowners, internal insulation solutions and reflective roofing materials produce marvelous results. We generally recommend foam insulation products and aluminum roofing solutions for maximum energy savings. For business owners, we prescribe TPO roofing (for flat systems) and metal roofing (for sloped systems). For companies looking to augment their current roof, a reflective roof coating (like acrylic) is also very effective.

What Colors Reflect the Most Heat?

While almost any color can be utilized in a cool roofing system, color is still an important aspect of cool roofing functionality. Generally, the closer a color is to white or silver, the more reflective the roof will be. Higher reflectivity leads to less heat penetration and wasted air conditioning. When you’re aiming for enhanced energy savings, stick with white, silver, or a least a lighter shade of your preferred color. 

Contact Us for Cool Roofing

Want to learn more about cool roofing and how to earn your energy savings? Feel free to talk with one of our specialists from IEI Restoration! You can give us a call at (303) 872-0049.