As a business owner, saving money on your overhead costs is always a priority. While you can upgrade your lights to high-quality LED bulbs, wrap your windows during the winter, and install energy-efficient appliances and equipment, it’s not enough to stop one of the major sources of energy loss: your roof. Though staying on top of repairs will help keep your building running more efficiently, there are a few things you can do, with help from your experienced Denver roofers, to make your roof as eco-friendly and energy efficient as possible. Here are a few tips to help.
Insulate the Attic Space
Believe it or not, between 30 and 50 percent
of a building’s heat is lost through the roof. This is often due to inadequate levels of insulation in the attic or space between the top floor of your building and the roof itself. This causes your heating and cooling costs to increase throughout the year. By scheduling an inspection with your commercial roofing specialist, you’ll be able to take the necessary steps to keep your building properly insulated. During the inspection, the contractor will look at the existing insulation levels as well as any damage that may have happened from previous roof leaks. If anything needs to be updated or repaired, they’ll be able to add the necessary amounts of insulation to make your building more efficient.
Paint the Roof White
Most commercial roofs are covered in a layer of black waterproof and weatherproof material. While the material is great at keeping your business safe and dry, it can absorb heat quickly. During the summer months, all that heat puts strain on your HVAC system, forcing it to work harder to keep your building cool. By letting your roofer install a cool roof coating, you’ll be able to reduce those energy costs associated with your HVAC system.
Prep Your Building for Solar Panels
The easiest way to make your building more eco-friendly and energy-efficient is to start creating your own electricity. Solar panels are a perfect way to take advantage of the many sunny afternoons we get throughout the year in Denver. However, your roof does need to be prepared before the panels can be installed. Schedule a consultation with your roofer and let them inspect the roof for existing water damage or structural issues that could make installing the panels impractical. In some instances, you may need to add supports to the subroofing to make sure the flat roof can handle the weight of the panels. Don’t worry—your roofer will be able to assess your building and determine what, if any, repairs need to be made.
Making your commercial roof energy-efficient
doesn’t have to be a challenge. All it takes is a bit of prep work and a solid maintenance routine. Whether you’re worried about getting your roof ready for spring or simply want an experienced professional to take a look at some damaged flashing, we’re here to help. At Big Creek Roofing & Restoration, our contractors will make sure your business is protected from the elements no matter what the weather is like. Call (720) 309-9722 to schedule a free estimate.