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Go Green and Save!
Did you know that your commercial roof can help you save energy and money? You have options, and Ridgeworth Roofing is here to help.
Because of its high concentration of buildings, summertime temperatures in Chicago can be significantly higher than temperatures in surrounding areas, creating what is known as an “urban heat island.” Heat islands cause increased peak energy demand, higher energy costs, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Beat the heat by putting a garden on your commercial or industrial roof. Green in every sense of the word, a garden roof can reduce a roof’s surface temperature, and, as a result, reduce a building’s heating and cooling costs. A garden roof absorbs heat and helps insulate a building. As an added benefit, the vegetation in a garden roof can remove pollution and help cool the air through evapotranspiration. Garden roofs are also visually appealing and can help industrial and commercial buildings fit in nicely with suburban areas.
When the sun beats down on a building, the roof gets hot. This heat enters the building, increasing the need for air conditioning and the energy it consumes. According to www.energystar.gov, every year Americans use a sixth of all the electricity generated in the United States on air conditioning, to the tune of $40 billion. It doesn’t have to be that much. Qualified roofing products can reflect more of the sun’s rays and effectively lower your commercial or industrial roof’s surface temperature by up to 100 degrees. When less heat enters a building, peak cooling demand decreases by up to 15%.
Since 2008, the City of Chicago has required reflective roofing on all new construction as well as on any new roofing project on an existing building. Ridgeworth Roofing’s experts have extensive experience with reflective roofing. We can help you obtain your ideal reflective commercial or industrial roof system.
Want to take it a step further? You can also use your commercial or industrial roof to generate electricity for your building with solar panels. Solar panels capture the energy from the sun and convert it into electricity, providing your building with clean energy. Solar panels offer the potential of energy independence and significant savings. Ridgeworth Roofing can help you harness the sun’s power with a solar panel commercial or industrial roof.