White roofs have become the standard for their energy efficient principles in the US. Large corporations have taken advantage of the benefits of white roofs. The trend is steadily increasing as more and more corporations are enjoying the advantage of installing white roofs.
Some states are adopting building codes that favor white roof installations for commercial buildings like California, Georgia, and Florida. The benefit? It can qualify for tax credits for many of the roofs installed in those areas.
White roofing requires less care and maintenance as well as reducing your energy costs. Due to the heat extremes during the summer, black, non-reflective roofing commonly cracks and warps. Commonly last up to twice as long as black roofing for the white roofing as it has a much longer lifespan. Fact is, roofing replacement makes 8 to 10 million tons of roofing waste and it ends up in our landfills about 95 percent of this waste.
Making the Shift to Go for White Roofing
It can be as easy as painting any surface when painting roof white. Consider the help of a professional painter if, however, you have a slanted roof or have never worked on a rooftop before.
First and foremost, use a good paint. It’s important to have one specifically designed to be reflective, and one that will easily cohere to the material below. Make sure and use a silicone-based product instead of an elastomeric roof paint if you have a tar or rubber roof.
Consider weather condition for your painting project. It’s important that skies are sunny and temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit for a couple of days. It will impede with the paint drying correctly for rain or cooler temperatures. Also remember, wash the roof so you are starting with a clean surface before starting the painting project.