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The word “green” has been San Diego’s most popular word the past few years -- and for good reason. Sustainable, environmentally/eco-friendly, green; all this jargon has been incorporated into products and services throughout San Diego.

So how does it relate specifically to roofing? The first thing most people think of when they hear “green roof” is an actual garden roof. And although a garden roof could qualify as a green roof if installed properly, there are many other types of green roofing products that can add sustainability to your rooftop and your overall building’s green initiatives.

If your current roof is giving you problems or has seen better days, one of the most popular and easiest ways to incorporate a green roof on your building is to have a licensed contractor install a single-ply roofing system on your roof. These white-reflective roofing systems could bring the temperature of a typical hot-asphalt roof from 173 degrees Fahrenheit to 93 degrees Fahrenheit.

This, as you could imagine, would greatly reduce your energy costs. Not only does it provide a quick ROI, but the system is in accordance with California’s mandated Title-24 requirements. Single-ply is an energy reducing, money-saving green roofing system that is surprisingly very affordable compared to most green roofs.

If you want to take your building’s green initiatives to the next level, you should consider solar electric panels for your rooftop and/or carports. The great thing about solar panels is that they are easily integrated into a single-ply roofing system and can completely zero out your electricity bill. Complete ROI after initial investment is only 60 months for a commercial building and anywhere from seven to 12 years for a residential home. It is recommended that you have a licensed contractor install solar at the same time you have the roofing system installed. This is to ensure warranties are valid both for your roofing membrane and your solar panels and that the life spans are concurrent.

There are also many green accessories you can add to your existing roof, no matter what type of roofing system you have. One of the best ways to cut down energy costs is to bring in existing light by installing skylights or Solatubes. Lighting is one of the biggest culprits of high energy costs because they stay on all day and sometimes all night. Depending on the size of your building, you could be wasting a lot of unwanted electricity costs. Solatubes capture light by adjusting to the amount of daylight harvested based on the angle of the sun. The light is sent down through a tube that reaches in excess of 50 feet, has 90 degrees of flexibility and over 99 percent reflectivity rate. Then the light is illuminated into the room, providing bright, natural light.

There are many options to choose from when looking to green your roof. Contact RSI Roofing with any comments, questions or concerns at 858-278-7200 or visit the Web site at ThinkRSI.com.

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