When it comes time to replace a residential or commercial roofing system, you can be left with many questions. Will a new roof save energy? What are the most energy-efficient roof materials and colors? What roofs qualify for energy tax credits? Continue reading to find out answers to these questions and many more.
Energy-efficient roofing systems are more than a trend these days; they’re becoming the standard. There was a time when many business owners thought energy-efficient commercial roofing helped deliver energy savings, but that’s about it. With improved roof membrane technology and roof restorations qualifying for tax credits, potential cost savings continue to rise.
So how do you save money by replacing your existing roof with an energy-efficient roofing system? Reflective materials help reduce heat gain on the inside of your facility. That means temperatures remain regulated, alleviating the stress put on your HVAC equipment and large machinery. The less your air conditioning has to run to keep a comfortable temperature, the more you save and the longer your equipment lasts.
Some roofs qualify for energy tax credits, and in many instances, roof maintenance is 100% tax-deductible. Typically roof replacement credits must meet Energy Star standards. An energy-efficient roofing system also increases the value of a home or building when it comes time to sell.
While several types of roofs can improve efficiency, there are superior energy-efficient roofing systems. When it comes to choosing colors, dark colors are usually the enemy. However, cool roof technology and reflective coatings can substantially improve energy efficiency on dark-colored roofs.
Other than live garden roofing, it’s hard to imagine a more energy-efficient and eco-friendly roofing system than fiberglass and emulsion roofing. Because fiberglass and emulsion roofing is applied over almost any flat roof substrate, it creates no waste materials. This system comprises four main components: asphalt emulsion, chopped fiberglass, polyester sheeting, and solar shield reflective coatings. No harmful chemicals are involved.
Looking for another reason to apply an asphalt emulsion coating? It is considered a roof maintenance treatment, meaning it is 100% tax-deductible. When used as a restoration coating, fiberglass and emulsion roofing adds up to 20 years of service life to your roof per application.
Metal roofing with cool roof technology is not only incredibly energy efficient, but it’s also durable, long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing. It can even achieve class A fire resistance. Because metal roofs are so reflective, they are estimated to save building owners up to 40% on utility costs compared to traditional systems. Metal roofs qualify for energy tax credits as well.
Industrial buildings and commercial facilities aren’t the only structures that a new roof saves energy costs for. Just as it is for commercial applications, metal roofing is a superior energy-efficient roofing system for homes.
It is important to note that not all asphalt shingles qualify as energy-efficient roofing systems. Because they are dark colors, the shingles must have a particular type of granule applied to them to reduce heat gain. Proper ventilation and underlayments also play a significant role in maximizing the efficiency of asphalt roofing.
Wood shakes and shingles are another energy-efficient roofing system. The space between the individual shingles creates a natural air flow that substantially improves insulation. In fact, the insulation capabilities of wood roofing is up to two times that of asphalt shingles. You can expect significantly lower energy bills after installing wood shingles.
Leak Seal Roofing has solutions for you if you want a new roof to save energy consumption, regulate temperatures, and alleviate stress on your equipment. Our dedication to maximizing the value of our customers’ roofing investment and our workmanship that’s backed by a 10-year warranty have earned us the distinction of being Washington’s highest-rated roofing contractor.
We offer free estimates and consultations to help you determine the best energy-efficient commercial roofing for your business or materials to lower bills at home. Whether you want to discuss the most energy-efficient roofing material and color available or to see what roofs qualify for energy tax credits, Leak Seal Roofing is always here to help.