With the harsh economic climate plaguing different parts of the world, everyone wants to save more money. Nobody wants to spend big on a project when they can spend less and still get the same value.
So if you’re in the market for new flat roofing material, you must definitely consider going for cool roofing as the best way to save money on energy bills. Besides that, cool roofing has proven to be greatly environmentally friendly.
The concept of cool roofing is the trend these days. And with the ever-changing technology, which is always creating better ways for you to utilize less energy, thereby saving you a great deal of money from energy usage in your home, the market is saturated with many acclaimed energy-efficient products. Amidst all this noise, what is the best energy-efficient flat roofing material? How can you pick the right energy-efficient material?
Literally, TPO is made from plastic, but technically, TPO is one of the various types of rubber. It is made from a mixture of polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber. It is manufactured in sheets that measure 10ft., 12ft., and 20ft. width.
When reflecting heat away from home, no other flat roofing material does it better than TPO roofing membrane. If you’re looking for a flat roofing material that will help you cut down your energy bills significantly, TPO is the best bet. It has an Energy Star rating and a thermal emittance level.8 to.9. Also, TPO is certified by the CRRC (Cool Roof Rating Council) and is 100% recyclable.
EPDM, a type of single-ply membrane roofing, is one of the oldest flat roofing materials used in the US. This rubber roofing material is very common as it is inexpensive, easy to install and maintain. Because it is a rubber material, EPDM is quite elastic and flexible enough to withstand movements and adverse weather conditions.
EPDM comes with special coatings that help them reflect UV rays. Unfortunately, EPDM is not as reflective as the TPO and can still absorb some amount of heat. Nevertheless, a study from the Department of Energy and the EPDM Roofing Association showed that ballast and paver systems like the EPDM could save as much energy as a reflective or “cool” roof.
EPDM can be installed in different ways. It could either be mechanically fastened to the roof deck, fully adhered across the entire roof, or laid loosely and covered with ballast.
Spray roofing might seem like a new kid in the block, but this option has been around for a while. Instead of the usual sheets and shingles, SPF, a composition of two chemicals blended at the sprayer, would be spread on the whole roof. These chemicals and the sprayer trigger foam formation that provides excellent waterproofing and insulation.
Energy-efficient roofing materials promise reduced cost of heating and cooling costs in your home. It also offers longevity to your roofing system, reduces the frequency of roof maintenance, excellent resistance to wind, UV rays, rain, and storm.
While the debate about which is more energy-efficient between flat roofs and pitched roofs continue to linger, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Building Guide has demonstrated that flat roofs are generally more energy-efficient, thanks to one factor, “insulation.”
Cool roofs are usually reflective with light-colored roof surfaces created to direct the impact of heatwaves away from the building interior. Flat roofing materials are coated with colors that allow them to reflect UV rays. To find out more about energy-efficient roofing, contact Williamsburg roofing, 366 Grand Street Williamsburg, NY 11211, https://www.williamsburgroofingny.com/.