Green Roof

Which Green Roof is Right for You?

It is no secret that the world is going green. With a focus on sustainability practices at an all-time high, businesses worldwide are looking for ways to make their commercial properties more environmentally friendly. Luckily, as the movement has grown, so has the number of options at our disposal.

Green roofing options not only help lessen your commercial property’s environmental impact, they also bring massive long-term benefits to you!  Designed with efficiency in mind, many kinds of green roofs can significantly cut your energy costs, helping you save a ton of money in the long run.

Here are a few different kinds of green roofs and the benefits they bring:

Solar Panels

When someone brings up green sustainability practices, solar panels are probably the first thought that comes to mind. It has become increasingly common to see rows of solar panels on the roofs of commercial and residential properties, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down with good reason. In a sunny state like Colorado, the amount of electricity generated by these panels can offset your energy costs by over 80% and pay for itself in as little as ten years! This efficiency reduces your property’s energy demand, decreasing its CO2 output and making it much more environmentally friendly.

Cool Roof Coating

Another common but lesser-known solution is cool roof coating systems. Cool roof coatings are thick paint-like coatings with white or unique reflective pigments that reflect sunlight. The benefits of applying cool roof coating to your roof are multi-faceted. The first and most prominent benefit is its reflective properties significantly reduce the energy required to cool your property, thus reducing consumption and costs. The second is due to its thickness and uniformity of its application; it serves as a sealant that can prevent leaks in your roof for 20+ years if it is appropriately maintained. These sealing properties, plus its resistance to UV and other environmental damages, can prolong the life of your roof exponentially, saving you money in repairs, or worse, total replacements.

Metal Roof Paneling

Not commonly associated with green practices, metal actually can be one of the most efficient paneling materials you can have installed on your property’s roof. Growing increasingly popular in the US, metal roofing systems are known for being sturdy and durable, withstanding even the harshest weather conditions. Metal roofing, being inherently reflective, offers the same energy consumption cutting benefits that cool roof coatings can provide. Additionally, due to the material’s sturdiness, metal roofing systems can last for 40-70 years with proper maintenance! When the time finally comes for your metal roof to be replaced, the material is 100% recyclable, making it one of the best green solutions.

Living Roofs

A growing trend of the last five years, living roofs are becoming increasingly popular in metropolitan areas. Commercial property owners have taken to turning their property’s roof into a garden area, giving it a gorgeous look with plenty of benefits. With plants and soil absorbing and reflecting heat that would otherwise affect the building, the insular benefits help you reduce energy costs while also converting CO2 into oxygen. Additionally, the plants and soil absorb rainfall, significantly reducing the chance of pooling and leaks on your roof. Finally, the pleasing aesthetic of a living roof has proven to increase the value of a given commercial property as high as 10%!

Going green with your commercial property’s roof has never been easier. Ripe with benefits for you and the environment, considering a green roofing system should be on your to-do list. Whether it’s the energy-generating solar panels or the visually striking and insularly living roofs, you have many options to choose from.

Let us help you decide what option is best for making your commercial property’s roof “go green”. Contact us today.

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Commercial Roof

Why You Shouldn’t Self Inspect a Commercial Roof

It’s no secret that inspections are an important part of active commercial roof maintenance. In attempts to save on costs, some commercial property owners take it upon themselves to inspect their own roofs or perform minor maintenance. While this solution is acceptable for catching any obvious damages or flaws, this cost-cutting measure can end up costing significantly more in the long run.

Here are 4 reasons why you shouldn’t perform self-inspections or minor maintenance on your commercial roofing systems:

You might miss small issues that can quickly become larger issues

Without the proper experience and know-how, it’s easy to overlook small problems or write them off as inconsequential when inspecting your commercial roof. However, problems such as small cracks or panel separation can lead to much larger issues down the road, especially during the winter months. A trained professional can spot issues that have the potential to escalate and recommend the proper course of action.

There are several potential safety hazards involved

There’s a good reason why the rooftops of commercial properties tend to be mostly inaccessible. Whether it’s debris, faulty surfaces, electrical equipment, or low or no parapet walls, a commercial roof can be a dangerous place for someone without proper safety training. Commercial roofers are trained to navigate these conditions, making it significantly safer to handle inspections.

You might void your warranty

All commercial roof warranties are different, but many of them do specify who is allowed on the roof and who can perform maintenance on it. It isn’t uncommon for warranties to specify that only a professional can perform roof maintenance. If you do not carefully follow these parameters, you may accidentally void your warranty, which can result in a huge spike in costs down the line should anything need repair.

It isn’t as cost-effective as you think

Despite seeming simple in nature, roof repairs are often more technical than they appear. Self-managed roof repairs often tend to be patches, or temporary fixes, that will have to be re-done in the near future. The continuous purchase of necessary materials to perform this maintenance can add up pretty quickly. Professional roofing companies tend to buy their material in bulk at a cheaper rate than singular materials, and these savings get passed on to you. Hiring a professional to handle even a minor repair ensures that the job will get done correctly the first time, and thusly will only be a one-time expense.

We all like to save money, however, sometimes saving money in the short-term ends up being expensive in the long run. While inspections and minor maintenance may seem simple, there are often several nuances that only a professional can catch. Catching these minor things before they become major repairs leads to significantly lower long-term costs.

Looking for a roofing professional to handle your routine inspections and maintenance? Contact A-Line Contractors today.

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