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When it comes to commercial roofing, most business owners prefer a roof that is easy to install, requires minimal maintenance, is affordable, and protects everyday business activities from the outside environment.

The color of a commercial roof is probably last on the list of priorities of business owners. But what many may not know is that the color of your roof significantly impacts the business below your roof.

The color of your commercial roofing system affects how much heat is absorbed into the building, its ability to withstand harsh UV rays, how much heat it contributes to its surrounding environment, and your energy bills at the end of the month.

While you can paint or coat your commercial roof any color, the most common commercial roofing colors are black and white. Today, we’ll be discussing the differences between these commercial roofing colors and how they may benefit your commercial roof and your business.

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Black Commercial Roofing

Black commercial roofing options are typically made from modified bitumen, EPDM, or rubber roofing materials. Black naturally attracts heat; therefore, black commercial roofing systems are great for businesses in colder climates. By drawing heat, your black roof is more likely to keep your building warm and lower your energy bills.

This heating feature prevents snow and ice from forming on your roof, reducing maintenance costs and efforts.

However, black commercial roofing systems still need to be maintained as the accumulation of dirt and debris on your roof will drastically reduce the roof color’s advantages.

If your business is located in a warmer climate, you may want to reconsider installing a black commercial roof. Your black roof will lead to you spending more money on air conditioning and contribute to the heat island effect.

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White Commercial Roofing

White commercial roofing systems are usually made from TPO, PVC, or white-coated metal roofing materials. Commonly referred to as the “cool roof,” white roofs are a great addition to businesses in warmer climates. They can effectively reflect light and heat away from your commercial roof. This reflection helps keep your commercial building cool, thus helping you save on energy bills.

However, like black commercial roofing, you need to keep your white roofing system well maintained and free of dirt and debris to reap the benefits of a cool roof.

As great as white commercial roofs are at keeping your building cool, they’re not the best at keeping it warm in winter. You may spend more on heating your commercial building with a white roof.

When it comes to ice and snow formation, white roofing is not as great as black roofing at getting rid of it. Snow and ice must be removed as soon as possible because standing water can deteriorate your commercial roofing system.

Whichever color you choose, rest assured that Elo Roofing will do an excellent job installing your commercial roof. For all your roofing needs, give Elo Roofing in Jacksonville a call today!

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