Tips To Help Your Business And Its Exterior Be More Energy Efficient And Green

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Just as you want to keep your home energy efficient, as a business owner you likely want to keep your business building comfortable during winter and summer without harming the environment. Fortunately, there are some additions you can make to your business and its exterior to help. Here are some tips you can use to help your business be more energy efficient and friendly to the environment while keeping your business's interior more comfortable.

Update Your Roof

The type of roof you have installed on your business can affect the energy efficiency and comfort inside your business. For example, a flat roof made of tar and gravel can absorb a great deal of the sun's radiation, which can heat up the rooftop and the interior space below the roof. Sloped roofs covered in a dark-colored, non-reflective asphalt shingles can also absorb the sun's radiation during the warmer months to make your air conditioning work harder and your business interior feel less cool.

Installing a cool roof made of reflective and UV-resistant materials can keep your business more cool, and the roof will last longer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy a standard, dark roof surface can reach a temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit or more in the summer, but a cool roof can stay more than 50 degrees cooler in the same conditions. Talk to a roofing professional about your options for re-roofing your business or applying a new roofing treatment onto your existing roof.

You can install new roofing shingles that are coated in protective reflective pigments or that are white in color to absorb less heat, which helps lower the outside temperature and reduces the power plant emissions caused by excess energy use. You can also have your business's roof coated in a spray foam roofing treatment, which seals your roof against moisture and provides your roof with long-lasting insulation properties to keep out heat and cold. A spray foam roof is often white in color and is coated in a UV-resistant silicone top coating to prevent heat absorption and to help it last indefinitely when you maintain it property without become damaged by the sun's rays.

When you decide to install a spray foam roof, you don't need to worry about installing and maintaining flashing and seams, as the foam creates its own water-resistant barrier. A new foam roof can be sprayed directly over your existing roof so you can save on roof removal, and the foam expands to seal in any cracks and openings. And if any damage occurs to the surface of your roof, it can be easily restored by applying new spray foam over the area of damage.

Add Appropriate Landscaping

Adding the right vegetation and landscaping to your business's exterior can improve its appearance and affect your building's energy use. Plants, trees, lawn, and bushes can all help cool the space around your building and lower your cooling costs during the summer. Vegetation gives off water molecules into the air in a process called evapotranspiration, which naturally cools the air. The shade trees and shrubbery provide on the exterior of your building and upon the pavement reduces the warming affect caused by the sun's radiation in summer. This directly affects the temperature of your building's interior.

Then, in the winter when plants and deciduous trees lose their leaves, you don't need to worry about their shade cooling your building. The sun can filter through their bare branches and heat up the exterior of your building and shine into your windows to warm the space through solar heat gain.

To learn more, contact a commercial roofing company.

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29 August 2018

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