July is the hottest month in both Oklahoma City and Amarillo, Texas, with temperatures that surge into the 90s. These hot outside temperatures are compounded by hot roofs in urban areas; according to the California Energy Commission (CEC), urban areas become “heat islands” and can be between 2 and 9 degrees hotter than surrounding rural areas. These elevated temperatures can contribute to physical discomfort for your customers and employees, high electrical costs and lower air quality. A cool roof above your buildings can make a huge difference, keeping your costs lower and the people who frequent your business more comfortable.
An investment in a cool roof or cool roof coating can yield significant savings in your power bill. The CEC estimated that summer urban air temperature elevation is responsible for 5 to 10% of urban peak energy demand, at a cost of several billion dollars to American businesses every year.
Reducing your contribution to the heat island effect can also significantly improve the air that your employees and customers breathe. Greenhouse gas and smog are exacerbated by high urban temperatures. Researchers writing for Energy and Buildings said that, in simulations that brought down urban temperatures just 3 to 4 degrees, the amount of ozone released into the atmosphere was reduced by 10 to 20 percent. This is equal to eliminating all of a city’s car emissions.