what you need to know about replacing your roof

what you need to know about replacing your roof

Going With A Green Roof To Save Money

by Vanessa Lord

In order to increase your bottom line, you need to do whatever you can to save money. Keeping a commercial space cool and inviting is an important way to make customers feel at home in your business; thus, you can't very well get rid of your AC unit. On the other hand, you should do whatever you can to make your building more energy efficient. Installing a green roof can help to improve the barrier between your business and the outside world, and thus, help you to reduce your cooling costs.

A Metal Roof

The term green does not necessarily apply to color. Any roofing material that helps you to use electricity more efficiently can be called green, and in that sense, a metal roof can be a green roof. Metal is naturally reflective, which means that it will deflect the sun's energy before it has a chance to heat up your building. To get the most from metal roofing, you need to make sure that your metal roofing is treated with a high emissivity coating. Such a coating will release what heat the metal does absorb back into the atmosphere. With these combined features, a metal roof can decrease your cooling costs by up to 40%

A Green Roof

There is also a type of roofing material known as green roofing. The term here does not simply apply to a roof which has been painted or dyed green. Instead, a green roof is made from living plants. Such a roof offers a few money-saving features. For one thing, the planting medium protects the underlying roofing membrane, so you decrease the need to maintain the membrane. The planting membrane also adds a layer of insulation, which will keep heat out in the summer and keep heat in during the winter. The plants themselves will absorb the sun's rays and convert them into energy to grow, so even less of the sun's energy gets to your building. In fact, a green roof can reduce your cooling costs by up to 75%

Of the two green commercial roofing options described above, metal roofing will cost less money initially, so if money is tight, you can save money on installation costs by installing a metal roof. On the other hand, you will save more money over the long run with a green roof, so if you can afford a green roof, it is definitely the way to go. 


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what you need to know about replacing your roof

Are you waiting for your roof to be replaced so that you can change the appearance of your home? If so, you are probably spending some time doing research about the different options in roofing that you have. Do you want to go with standard asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles, metal roofing or something else? What type of roofing will last the longest while looking great? Will one type of roofing increase the value of your home more than another? Read through my site to find the answers to many of the questions that you have about replacing the roof on your home.