Cool roof coating systems are roofs with a reflective surface. They reflect most of the sun’s heat and absorb only a very small amount of the warmth, allowing the building to maintain a cooler temperature. Cool roof coating systems can be applied over a new roof or an existing roof – converting a previously black surface or non-reflective surface into a cool roof.
A great benefit of cool roofing is that they are cost effective. Coating an aged and deteriorating roof provides energy cost savings and lengthens the lifespan of your existing roof. Depending on the cool roof system you choose, you can renew and restore your roof every 10 or so year, avoiding an expensive roof tear-off indefinitely. Coating a newly constructed roof that is not reflective, can add additional cost to make it a cool roof, but the benefits are worth it.
Cool roofs provide the following cost savings:
- Energy Savings – Cooling the building and maintaining a cool indoor ambient air temperature requires less energy usage, substantially lowering energy utility bills
- Rebates and incentives are often available – check out our article “Looking for Cool Roof Rebates and Incentives?”
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- Extended Roof Life – reflective roof surfaces add extra protection to your roof, lowering roof maintenance and protecting your roof from the single most destructive element – the sun’s heat.
Wondering if your building would benefit from a cool roof coating system? National Coatings developed a Roof Energy Savings Tool (REST) to help building owners and facility professionals determine and evaluate their current roofs energy usage compared to a cool roof system. This allows you to determine the cost savings and benefits your specific building would gain if you were to install a cool roof coating system. For a comprehensive analysis of your current roof, contact National Coatings today!
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