When it comes to replacing a commercial roof, the options can often seem dizzying. Your roofer may have mentioned the possibility of installing a cool roof, and if so, it's important to understand what that could do for you. As a business owner, there are a few things that you should be aware of when it comes to investing in cool roofing for your business.
How Can It Help Your Business?
There are many factors to calculating the potential savings of cool roofing. If you want to know how much the investment could truly save you over time, there are many things that you need to consider.
- What's the climate like? The hotter the general temperatures in your area and the more direct the sunlight on your building, the greater the savings you'll recognize from cool roofing. The cool roof will reflect heat away from your building, reducing the heat transfer into the space. This minimizes the cooling needs, saving you on energy costs.
- Does your business pay peak service charges? Many electricity suppliers have started adding service tiers for peak service hours and high demand. In most cases, those high demand surcharges are applied during business hours in the summer months because of the excessive cooling demands during those times. If your electric company adds high demand fees to your standard kilowatt rates, it can be costly. The reduced power demand after installing a cool roof can save you quite a bit in these fees.
Is Cool Roofing A Good Fit For Your Business?
Some commercial buildings may not get as much benefit from cool roofing, or may need extra attention to maximize the investment. For example, if you are in an industry like commercial laundry, your business has a significant concern about vapor loads. Before you can install a cool roof, you'll need a roofer to help you incorporate vapor retention or something similar.
These are a few of the things that every business owner should think about before deciding what kind of roofing to install. If a cool roof can save you from the excess heat and sun's rays in your area or possibly reduce the surcharges you're paying, the savings can be substantial over time. This can make the investment in new roofing well worth it. Just make sure you talk with your commercial roofer or Central States Roofing about how well it could work for your building. This ensures that you're getting what you hope for from the process.