Cool roofs are made from roofing materials that reflect a high percentage of solar energy, which reduces the amount of heat transferred to the building. They offer many benefits, including: a reduction in air pollution, a reduced energy spend for heating and cooling, and a more comfortable workplace. With proper roof maintenance, Cool Roofing materials can provide a durable, energy-saving roof that can help reduce the urban heat island effect for years to come.
What types of materials do we use in Cool Roofing projects?
EPDM is the number one roofing choice among architects, roof consultants, and contractors. EPDM is an elastomeric compound that is manufactured mostly from ethylene and propylene. The material has a high degree of ozone, ultraviolet, weathering and abrasion resistance, and outstanding low temperature flexibility. These ingredients also contribute to its resistance to alkalis, acids, and oxygenated solvents (i.e., ketones, esters, and alcohols), which makes it a very popular roofing material for Green Roofing projects. EPDM is made in either white or black; white stays cooler and offers more energy savings, but black EPDM is longer-lasting than white. Over a billion square feet of EPDM is applied annually on new roof construction, and the amount of EPDM installed is growing every year.
Have questions about Cool Roofs?
The U.S. Department of Energy developed an excellent tool that will help you project how much money you can save with a cool roof. Or better yet, contact us and speak with one of our roofing experts; we are happy to help you out.