Summer serves as a reminder that various insulation solutions with solar reflection have been developed recently, such as thermo-reflective roofs, which contribute in large part to prevent damage or stress from the summer scorcher days of extreme heat.
Characteristics of Heat Reflective Insulation Systems
Heat-reflective roofs are the main system for thermal insulation, but not the only one. Its main characteristic is that it offers a high solar reflectance. That is to say that it reflects the sun’s heat into the sky, preventing it from settling into the building. They generally have a surface temperature similar to the ambient temperature, which is about 30 degrees lower than a conventional asphalt roof.
Therefore, thermo-reflective roofs control the temperature by keeping it as low as possible, and this is reflected inside the building. Homes with heat reflective insulation of this type have greater thermal comfort which means lower energy costs, since the use of air conditioners and other cooling equipment will be reduced.
In order for a commercial roof to be considered heat reflective, it must meet certain requirements set by the Cool Roof Rating Council in the United States.
- The initial reflectance rating of a newly installed roof must be 70% or higher.
- The mid-term solar reflectance of the same roof must be 55% or higher.
Insulating a commercial roof is the most important part of the building, as this is where the sun rays have the greatest impact.
Advantages of Heat Reflective Insulation System
Roof coverings with solar reflection have greatly advanced in the field of construction and architecture for the following advantages.
- High level of solar reflectance
- Considerable energy saving in air conditioning
- High thermal emission (ability to release absorbed heat)
- Help to improve the thermal comfort of the building
- Higher resistance than traditional roofs
- Longer life span of materials
- Reduction of maintenance costs
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
When you own a commercial or industrial building, it is essential to maintain it, to minimize the expenses in the long-term in order to preserve your investment. The quality of your roof on the commercial building is an important element that contributes to its longevity.
Having a roof in good condition is very important to guarantee your investment, your business, and the health of your employees.
Horizon Roofing and Construction offers commercial roof services throughout Southeast Michigan. Roof insulation can save your business tons in cooling and heating costs. Give us a call to chat about your options today.