Cool roofing is growing in popularity throughout Tampa Bay. In part, because it saves people money, but also because many people are choosing more environmentally friendly options for their homes. One way to do this is to choose a cool roofing product when it’s time for a roof replacement. There are more options today than every before for both your steep slope and flat roof building.
Manufacturers like GAF offer ENERGY STAR® certified cool roofing products that are light in color and reflect the sun’s energy away from your home rather than absorbing it. If you currently have a black roof, it can reach 190 degrees or more on a hot summer day. Choosing a cool roofing color can lower that by 60 degrees! This is true for both residential and commercial structures. If you have a commercial building that isn’t ready for a roof replacement but could benefit from a roof coating, make sure your roofing contractor offers a white color coating to lower your utility costs.
Material Can Make a Difference
Of course, a well installed roof is essential to protect your building from rain, but did you know that when you choose a roofing contractor who installs a complete roofing system makes a difference as well? Properly insulated and ventilated roofs help your property stay cooler too. Be sure to talk to your roofing contractor about your current insulation and ventilation to make sure it’s adequate.
Asphalt shingles, tile roofing and metal roofing all come in cool roofing options. In metal roofing it’s often called reflective roofing because metal is more reflective and it’s easier to coat the metal with a reflective material. Tile roofing has natural insulative properties because of its shape and design. Asphalt shingles with the cool roofing or ENERGY STAR designation also offer benefits. Commercial coatings, TPO and other materials in white also often qualify.
Reasons to “Go Cool”
Although most federal incentives have expired, you can make a difference with cool roofing. Here are some reasons to go cool:
- Commercial buildings with a light colored roof on a commercial building, they can help reduce the urban heat island effect.
- Reduced cooling costs which may help your AC system last longer
- Lower roof maintenance costs
- Lessen your carbon footprint
Suncoast Roofing Solutions offers many cool roofing options for both homes and businesses. If you’d like to learn more about the cool roofing products from GAF, Eagle Roofing Tiles or any of the other manufacturers we sell and install, give us a call at (813) 283-2544 for your free roof replacement or roof coating estimate.