White roofing systems are also known as “cool roofs”. A white roof stays cooler unlike dark roofs, which absorb the sun’s rays. A darker roof surface can reach above 150 degrees, making the inside of a building hotter. This will force added energy output on air conditioning systems to keep the inside of a building cool. This results in break downs and shorter life expectancy to HVAC units. A white roof is able to reflect the sun’s ultraviolet rays, preventing them from being absorbed into the building. This ultimately will save building owners money on utility bills and costly HVAC repairs.
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