If you’ve been researching your roofing options in the hot, arid city of Austin, Texas, chances are you may have stumbled upon a term that, upon first glance, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense: Heat Island Effect.
“How can an island be made out of heat?” you may have wondered, “and what does this ‘effect’ have to do with my property here in landlocked Austin?!”
Heat Island Effect, or the formation of “urban heat islands,” is a term that’s well known to us here at TM Restoration because we’re your Central Texas roofing experts. The “island” referred to by this term often a dark-colored commercial roof.
How The EPA Describes Heat Island Effect
When built-up areas are hotter than nearby rural areas, they’re called “heat islands.”
“The annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) warmer than its surroundings. In the evening, the difference can be as high as 22°F (12°C),” explains the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Commercial building owners should be concerned about heat island effect because it increases air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
How Roofing Can Eliminate Heat Island Effect In Austin
Because most commercial roofs tend to be dark in color, they attract the heat of the sun. This adds to urban heat island effect, heating up the environment as well as the temperature inside the building. Adding a light-colored cool roof coating to your roofing can help to prevent this from happening.
Contact TM Restoration in Austin to learn more about how we can save you month through commercial roofing!