As time goes by, every roof will begin to show signs of wear and tear. When this happens, homeowners have the options of roof repair, roof restoration, or re-roofing. Energy efficient spray foam roofing and roof coatings are two solutions for complete repair and restoration that are a fraction of the cost of a re-roof and are Energy Star rated as cool roof solutions that can save you substantial amounts on your energy costs. When your roof needs work, call (682) 730-8430 to speak with our roofing experts about the benefits of a cool roof in Fort Worth, TX, and how our professionals can apply yours to re-energize your roofing system.
What Is a Cool Roof?
Roofing materials with the ENERGY STAR label have met minimum solar reflectance and reliability criteria. Based on 2006 data from more than 150 ENERGY STAR partners, shipments of cool roof products have grown to represent more than 25 percent of these manufacturers’ commercial roof products and roughly 10 percent of their residential roof products.
A high solar reflectance (albedo) is the most important characteristic of a cool roof. This helps to reflect sunlight and heat away from a building, reducing roof temperatures. A high thermal emittance also plays a role, particularly in climates that are warm and sunny. Together, these properties help roofs to absorb less heat and stay up to 50–60°F (28–33°C) cooler than conventional materials during peak summer weather.
Cool Roof Coatings
Building owners and roofing contractors have used cool roofing products for more than 20 years on commercial, industrial, and residential buildings. They may be installed on low-slope roofs (such as the flat or gently sloping roofs typically found on commercial, industrial, and office buildings) or the steep-sloped roofs used in many residences and retail buildings.
Benefits of a Cool Roof
Cool roof systems come equipped with multiple benefits that improve your roof’s protective qualities as well as increasing its longevity. The main benefit, of course, is a cool roof’s capability to reflect more of the sun’s rays. This can lower roof surface temperature by up to 100F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building. Cool roof products can also help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15 percent. Since cool roof systems are applied in liquid for that sets to a solid, cracks, divots, and tears are covered and sealed, as are any flashing, seams, and wall meeting points, to create ultimate protection from the elements.
If you are considering a cool roof coating in Fort Worth, TX, call our experts at (682) 730-8430 to discuss your options and find out which system will benefit your roof the most. Our professionals will discuss each materials features, costs, and lifespan to ensure you get the finished product you’re looking for.
- Polyurea Roof Restoration Coating This coating is a great option for any time of year application and unbeatable adhesion to difficult surfaces.
- Acrylic Roof Restoration Coating When you’re looking for specialized tinting paired with affordability, acrylic coatings may be for you.
- Silicone Roof Restoration Coating For the highest waterproofing protection available, a silicone roof coating is the perfect selection.
Types of Buildings Subject to Cool Roof Requirements
- Group A – Assembly
Building or structure, or portion thereof, for the gathering of 50 or more persons for purposes such as civic, social, or religious functions, recreation, instruction, food or drink consumption, or awaiting transportation. Examples: restaurants, arenas, churches, theaters.
- Group B – Business
Building or structure, or portion thereof, for office, professional or service-type transactions; includes storage of records and accounts and restaurants with an occupant load less than 50. Examples: animal hospitals, kennels, automobile showrooms, banks, barber shops, outpatient clinic and medical offices, educational occupancies above the 12th grade, fire stations, florists and nurseries, testing and research labs, print shops, radio and TV stations.
- Group E – Educational (through 12th grade)
Building or structure, or portion thereof, for educational purposes through 12th grade for more than 12 hours per week or 4 hours in any one day. Examples: schools, nonresidential buildings used for daycare for more than six children, residential buildings used as a daycare for more than 14 persons.
- Group F – Factory (low and moderate hazard)
Building or structure, or portion thereof, for fabricating, manufacturing, packaging, processing, etc. Examples: furniture manufacturing, bakeries, food processing plants, paper mills, printing or publishing facilities, refuse incineration, shoe factories, dry cleaning facilities.
- Group H – Hazardous facilities
Building or structure, or portion thereof, that involves the manufacturing, processing, generation or storage of materials that constitute a high fire, explosion, or health hazard. Examples: manufacturing plants for explosives, blasting agents, fireworks, flammable gases; storage facilities for such products.
- Group M – Mercantile (sale of merchandise)
Building or structure, or portion thereof, for the display and sale of merchandise. Examples: department stores, shopping centers, wholesale and retail stores, markets.
- Group S – Storage facilities
Building or structure, or portion thereof, for storage not classified as a hazardous occupancy. Examples: storage of beer or wine in metal, glass, or ceramic containers, of cement in bags, of foods in noncombustible containers, of gypsum board, of stoves, washers, and dryers.
- Group U – Utility facilities
Private garages, carports, sheds, agricultural buildings, and towers