Metal roofs are becoming more popular roofing options all over the United States for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is their energy efficiency. In fact, metal is one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials you’ll find on the market. You have the potential to save up to 40 percent in air conditioning costs during the summer, while also improving your commercial property’s insulation in the roof during the winter. The result: better long-term savings on your energy bills each year and a reduced carbon footprint and environmental impact.
So what exactly makes metal roofing in Springfield, MA such an energy-efficient option? Here are some of the ways metal roofs can help you safe energy and reduce how much your business is spending on your utility bills:
- Variety of finishes: You’ll find a variety of finish options available to you when you select a metal roof for your property. A basic, unpainted metal roof reflects quite a bit of solar radiation—much more than an asphalt roof. However, depending on the climate in the area in which you operate, you might also choose to get pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems that both reflect energy and cool your space by re-emitting most of the solar radiation the roof absorbs. In some cases, you can re-emit up to 90 percent of absorbed solar radiation, depending on the type of metal roof you have and the conditions in your area.
- Cool-metal roofing: Cool-metal roofing is the most effective energy-saving finish you’ll find in the metal roofing market. It is an extremely reflective surface, which uses cooler pigments in the paint to enhance the reflectance of the surface while lowering the roof’s surface temperature. This reduces the amount of energy you need to air condition your building, and if your space isn’t air conditioned, it will make it much more comfortable by keeping the hot sun rays away.
- Passive House Certification: A lot of spaces with metal roofing qualify for Passive House Institute Certification, because metal roofing is so reflective and has such efficient thermal emittance. Passive House Certification requires airtight construction, which is one of the primary benefits that comes with the air barrier quality associated with metal panels. In addition, metal roofing is a perfect type of roofing to be used in conjunction with high-efficiency windows and skylights, which help you achieve certification standards as well.
- Complementary with solar: Metal roofing is ideal for installation of solar panels, and you might not even have to penetrate the roofing system to do that. The service life of the metal is certain to outlast the service life of the solar system, which means in many cases you won’t have to replace the roof before adding on solar panels.
These are just a few of the benefits associated with the use of metal roofing in Springfield, MA for commercial properties. For more information about why metal roofing is so energy efficient, contact the team at R & H Roofing, LLP with your questions.
Categorised in: Metal Roofing
This post was written by Writer