Nearly 54% of the annual utility bills for business owners will go towards heating and cooling their business. This is one of the many reasons why quality roof insulation is at the top of every business owners to do list. Whether you’re currently building the foundation for your business or are simply looking to create a more energy sufficient work space, it’s important to look into the type of insulation you choose.
If you’re looking to find the ideal roof insulation material and method for your commercial roofing project, read on for all the information you’ll need on getting the job done.
What to Consider for Your Roof Insulation Project
There are a number of factors to take into consideration before deciding on the necessary materials for your roofing insulation project.
For example, you’ll find a low sloping roof tends to be at a higher risk of developing leaks than other roof types.
The good news is there are plenty of options currently available for the insulation of your commercial roof. It’s important to look for methods and materials that focus on energy efficiency.
You’ll find that the majority of commercial flat roofs tend to be covered in one of several materials; rubber, metal sheeting, or asphalt.
There’s a reason why these roofing materials tend to be so popular. On average you’ll find that the majority of these materials can go anywhere from 10 years to 30 years in terms of life span. At some point, however, it may become necessary to perform a flat roof replacement or repair once your roof start leaking.
This is why it’s important to choose materials with long-lasting life spans. You also want materials that are easy to repair and maximizes energy efficiency.
Which Roof Insulating Material is Right for Your Roof
There are a number of materials that can be used to help insulate any holes or leaks within an existing roof.
Many individuals opt for a foam spray, as this tends to be the least expensive among sealing options. You can average out about $3 per square foot of roofing, with results that can last for about 15 years. You can also find additional roof sprays that are made from other materials such as silicone or acrylic.
Spray-on foam systems tend to be valuable when it comes to Energy Efficiency, as well as durability. Since this material is sprayed directly on they are often an ideal choice for those who are in windy or storm filled territories.
Polyiso Rigid Foam Insulation
When it comes to flat roofs, polyiso rigid foam insulation is among one of the most popular methods. In fact, polyiso rigid foam insulations account for 70% of commercial roof constructions.
In addition to being incredibly popular, this roofing option is also cost-effective, making it an easy choice for any sized budget.
If you’re looking for an insulation solution that’s also environmentally friendly, you’ll find that this material has zero ozone-depletion potential and negligible global-warming potential. Making it a wise step for reducing your carbon footprint.
Finally, you’ll find the material provides one of the strongest R-values on the market, reducing your utility bills and leaving more room for savings.
Additional Options for Roofing Insulation Methods
You’ll find there are a number of roof insulation methods you can look into, each with their own share of benefits and disadvantages.
Some insulation methods to discuss with your contractor includes:
- Rolls and Batts
- Loose Fill Insulation
- Rigid Foam Insulation
- Foam in Place Insulation
Remember to take consideration of special factors such as your climate, R-Value and any air barriers within the structure before choosing a method or material.
In addition to insulating your roof, you may choose to do exterior wall insulation or foundation insulation as well, in your efforts to create a more eco-friendly business place.
Discussing Roofing Options with Your Contractor
It’s important to take the time to discuss your various options with your roofing contractor before committing to a specific material. A contractor should come with adequate experience as to which materials will be the most long-lasting. They should also help you save money on utility bills.
If you have yet to find a decent contractor, it’s wise to consider certified roofing experts who hold either RRO or RRC designation to assure the overall quality of their work.
In addition to asking what material the contractor will recommend, be sure to ask why they believe that specific material is the ideal option for your unique roofing situation.
You may find that the contractor is able to shed some unique insight on a solution that can both high quality and cost-effective.
The Right Contractor for Your Roof Insulation Job
Proper roof insulation is one of the most important projects that can occur in your commercial development, which is why it’s wise not to skimp out on finding the perfect contractor for the job.
If you have any questions regarding such a project, we recommend you contact us today as we would be happy to help guide you in the right direction. You’ll find that all of our contractors are RRO or RRC certified and come with extensive experience in flat roof insulation, repair and maintenance.