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How White Reflective Roofing Systems have changed roofing forever

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Most property managers and owners by now have heard of the term “White Reflective Roofing System” or maybe Single-Ply TPO, PVC or even “White Reflective Coating.” There are many different types of roofing systems you can have installed now that have common themes: They are white, reflect light, save you energy and are Title-24 compliant.

The most appealing theme, though? They are now affordable. With roofing prices lower than they have been in years, you can actually get a Single-Ply TPO system for about the same price, if not cheaper, than you would pay for an asphalt roof. Why is that? First off, oil prices continue to hike up every year, bringing up the price of asphalt. However, the biggest factor is due to California’s mandated Title-24 requirements (energy.ca.gov/title24/). If you do decide to install an asphalt roof, you will have to make it Title-24 compliant, which means putting on a reflective coating on top of the asphalt roof or purchasing a surface layer of a built-up roof (BUR) with a factory installed reflective coating. Both of these mandated additions add to the cost of a standard asphalt roof and bring the price up to or over the cost of Single-Ply.

There is even a third more expensive option to comply with title 24, and that is adding thermal insulation. Thermal insulation is very efficient at containing heat in a building in the wintertime and keeping heat out during the summer, but it is the most costly of all three options.

Building owners and managers in Southern California are becoming more aware of ways to help reduce their carbon footprint and save energy. A Single-Ply roof can help contribute to that. On a typical hot summer day, an asphalt roof can reach temperatures of 180 degrees Fahrenheit. A Single-Ply roof would reduce that same roof temperature by as much as half. You can imagine the energy costs associated with a 100-degree difference. The installation is also a quiet, clean process. Instead of mopping hot stinky asphalt onto the roof, your tenants will enjoy a quiet, odor-free installation with Single-Ply. The membranes are heat welded with no odor and minimal noise, and the finished product is a clean, white, reflective roof that starts providing energy savings right away.

Recently, at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, the pavement temperature reached a staggering 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Bikers and runners were encouraged to ride and run on the white line in the road, which was 12 degrees cooler. It provided less stress on their tires, their shoes and ultimately their bodies. The same goes with your building. The less impact the sun can make on your roof and building, the longer it’s going to last.

Use of Single-Ply has been on a steady rise since the ‘90s, when it started to make its way onto Southern California rooftops. With the new low prices, the high cost of asphalt and California’s Title-24 requirements, there is no better time to switch to Single-Ply than now.

For more information on White Reflective Roofing Systems, contact RSI Roofing at 858-278-7200 or info@thinkrsi.com.

Submitted by RSI Roofing

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