What Affects The Energy Efficiency Of A Roofing System?

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With many business owners concerned about getting their spaces up to snuff with the latest energy saving techniques, it's surprising that some people overlook their roof as a major source of potential energy savings. There are many factors that can affect the energy savings of your roof, and many can be installed or improved after the fact. 

State of Repair and Quality of Roofing Job

The first factor to consider is whether the roofing job has been done to standard. If your roof has poor craftsmanship or is falling into a state of disrepair, it's more likely that air is escaping through cracks and pores in the roof. There are a few things you can do about this. You may have a commercial roofing contractor look for and patch up any issues with your roof. They can replace missing or worn shingles, provide extra sealant around roof breaks such as edges or skylights, and make sure that the quantity of roofing material is sufficient to keep heated and cooled air in. 

Something that's also becoming more popular is the building energy audit. If you have an energy auditor visit your building, make sure that they spend some time inspecting the roof. They can force air through the ceiling and pinpoint areas where air escaped easily through your roof. With this information in hand, you can approach a roofing contractor to focus on these areas when doing maintenance. 

Materials

Materials also matter for energy efficiency. Materials that are less porous will allow less heated and cooled air to escape from your space. Many of the newer roofing systems have several levels of synthetic materials that create a strong barrier between the interior and exterior of the space. It may be time to consider upgrading to a new type of roofing system, such as a mechanically adhered synthetic system.

Quality of Insulation

Your roof may also be lacking in insulation. Even if you have some insulating materials in place, they may not be enough depending on where you live and the quality of the roofing surface materials. Polyisocynurate is one insulation material that can be added for strong insulating properties. 

Roof Finishes

Finally, consider the finishes that are applied to your roofing system. Epoxy or waterproofing chemicals can sometimes have a positive effect on the overall insulation and energy efficiency of your roof, since they can seal smaller cracks that are harder to see with the naked eye. 

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