When it comes to choosing a roof for your commercial building, there are a lot of choices to be made. From fully adhered or mechanically fixed single ply roofing, to green roofs and blue roofs, warm roofs and cold roofs, there are a number of options to choose from. And making the right decision could have a big influence not just on the appearance and style of your property, but also on the practicalities too. Some roofs for example will offer improved thermal efficiency, while others will provide a much needed cooling effect. The blue roof is a popular choice for urban buildings and properties. But could it be the right choice for your property? Well, here at Enviroply Roofing, we are one of the UK’s leading roofing industry experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to the advantages of commercial blue roofs.
At the end of last year, we brought you a detailed blog all about blue roofs, what they do, and how they work. Essentially, a blue roof can act as a giant sponge on top of your building, collecting rain water as it falls and then releasing this same rainwater slowly and steadily over a 24 hour period. This means that instead of falling straight to the ground, filling the drains and sewers, the water instead drips out steadily. But could a blue roof be a good fit for your building? And what are the advantages of choosing a blue roof?
Advantages of commercial blue roofs
Blue roofs for commercial buildings can be incredibly advantageous. In fact, some of the advantages or benefits of choosing this type of roof include:
- Reducing the cooling cost for your building- blue roofs can seriously help to keep your building cool. This means that you wont have to rely on expensive air conditioning units, and you can actually save money on cooling bills instead. The blue roof itself helps to keep your building cooler than usual, but this will be amplified if you choose a light colour material for the roof design. The light colour will then reflect the light, rather than absorbing it. In some blue roof systems, some of the water collected can be then sprayed back over the roof, to amplify this cooling effect even further.
- Reducing the risk of localized flooding- in recent years, flooding in towns and city centres has become an annual problem, with business owners and home owners both at risk. This is because in rural areas, the ground can soak up most of the water. But in urban areas, concrete doesn’t provide the same benefit. Instead, the drains become full, and flooding occurs. Blue roofs are specially designed to mitigate this urban flooding and reduce the risks. This can be a great advantage if your commercial property is located in a place where flooding often occurs.
For more information or advice about blue roofs, and the advantages of commercial blue roofs, get in touch with the professionals today, here at Enviroply Roofing.