You may love living and working in a bright, sunny climate -- except when you receive the monthly electric bill for your commercial facility. Commercial buildings can pose some serious climate-control challenges to owners and managers. The more sunlight pours down onto your roof, the higher your interior temperatures rise, forcing you to run your HVAC system at full blast for months at a time. Fortunately, you can reduce this expensive practice by taking advantage of state-of-the-art commercial roofing services and products. Here are three smart strategies for cooling off both your roof and your utility bill.

1. Go Bright With Your Roof Color

Is a dark asphalt roof covering making your employees sweat? Simply brightening the color of your commercial roof can do wonders for your thermal insulation. The brighter the color of your roof, the more thermal energy it can reflect away from your building, instead of absorbing it as dark colors tend to do. Many of today's "cool roof" materials come in white, the most reflective option; you can also have a paint-like white coating applied to your rooftop. A white roof coating can divert up to 80 percent of that costly heat energy. White tiles or light-colored shingles can make good options for sloped roofs.

2. Add a Heat-Blocking Membrane

One of the most effective and versatile strategies for achieving a cooler roof involves covering your roof with a heat-bouncing membrane. Popular choices for roof membrane materials include:

  • Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) - This single-ply membrane comes in rubbery plastic sheets. These sheets can be applied directly to an existing roof, either mechanically or directly (via adhesive).
  • PVC - PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, may be more expensive than EPDM, but it offers certain advantages of its own. This double-ply material can be welded together to make it watertight, and it resists mold and pest attacks as well.
  • Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) - TPO is a blend of rubber, gaseous ethylene, and petroleum-derived propylene that results in a strong, durable substance. Sheets made from TPO can be hot air welded at the seams, giving you a tough, water-resistant thermal layer.

Try Metal

Metal roofing is old technology, but advances in that technology have made it more popular than ever as a commercial roofing option. It also happens to reflect a great deal of thermal energy. You can expect an aluminum or other metal roof to reflect between 50 percent and 70 percent of the sun's heat. Metal also has the advantages of lasting for decades and being completely recyclable.

Are you ready to get your facility's electrical bills under control once and for all? Contact local commercial roofing services to talk to them about your options.