Reflecting Sunlight With Cool Roofs
Renewable energy has taken the roofing industry by storm. Whether it’s photovoltaic (PV) panels, solar canopies, or green rooftops, residential and commercial properties are investing in the latest technologies and taking advantage of the benefits. Contractors are also enjoying emerging careers in solar. Consult a roofing lawyer in Texas to learn more about eligibility and the state and localized laws.
With all this talk about renewable energy, it’s a bit surprising we do not hear more about a time-tested and somewhat cost-effective solution to creating an eco-friendly roof. In this brief article, we will educate you on many of the benefits of cool roofs and how they may be the best solution for environmentally conscious roofing projects.
What is a Cool Roof?
Cool roofs actually have been utilized by roofing contractors for several decades. By design, a cool roof reflects the sunlight and absorbs less heat than a traditional roofing tile. Cool roofing tiles are typically crafted from a reflective material or feature a reflective paint coating. Cool roofs have remarkable flexibility in design and can be installed on steep slope and low slope structures. Whether it’s a single-ply membrane, a shingle or tile roof, or even a metal roof, there are countless ways that reflective materials can be successfully applied to rooftops.
Benefits of Installing a Cool Roof
Along with reducing the amount of radiation that is absorbed in the material, installing cool roof materials comes with many other benefits including:
- Electric bills are more affordable as HVAC units perform less work
- Decreased heat absorption results in roofing materials incurring less damage
- Reduce carbon dioxide emissions
- An eco-friendly solution that reduces the urban heat island effect in metropolises
Affordable Option in Renewable Energy
Although location dependent, cool roofs typically cost significantly less than other renewable devices. For example, cool roof materials generally cost anywhere from less than $1 dollar per square foot to up to $3; whereas, solar panels can range anywhere from $3 per square foot to over $5, and vegetation installation can cost as much as $25 per square foot. Once you overcome the initial costs, cool roofs provide a considerable value to owners.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.