Every commercial roof has a practical life span. If you have made repeated repairs to your roof in the last few years, it’s time to get a new one. Putting down the same type of roof with the same materials may actually result in lost money. If you are considering a new commercial roof from Foam Experts Roofing, Inc., think about getting a roofing energy audit before signing your contract.
Roofs are a huge factor in overall energy costs, especially in our hot Arizona climate. The wrong type of roof will add to your energy costs, while the right one can detract from them. Many factors, including the type and amount of insulation, the degree of reflectivity and evening ceiling materials inside your building will help determine what type of roofing is best. Here is what a roofing energy audit entails.
A comprehensive energy audit of your roof should include taking photos of existing conditions. The report itself should have information on how the current roof is performing and provide you with information on how different types of roofing materials will perform in your microclimate. What works well in one part of the Phoenix Valley may not work well in another part.
When you have to work within a budget, it is natural to want to select the least expensive roofing option. That option, however, may not be the best choice in the long run. A roofing energy audit will detail installation costs as well as long-term costs, such as maintenance and energy expenditures over the life of the roof so you can make an informed decision about your facility. Installing a foam roof, for example, costs more money at the outset but provides energy-saving benefit for years to come.
Make sure the energy audit you get pays attention to roofing design aspects that include insulation type and thickness, surface coatings, vapor retarders and air barriers and the quality of roofing materials used. If you are concerned about the effect of your roof on the environment, you will also want your audit to present information that estimates emissions of methane, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide from materials used in construction. By performing a roofing energy audit, you will ensure that all materials selected will work together in the proper manner to secure your’s building’s envelope and provide the most cost-effective solution in the long run.
If you are considering a New Roof for your Commercial, Industrial, or Warehouse Business make sure you call our Roofing Experts for a Roofing Estimate!