A building’s roofing system is a vital part of its resilience to extreme weather conditions. It’s also resilient when it can stay habitable in the event of a power outage, but if the roof gets severely damaged or even blown off, it’s unlikely to be habitable until the roof is repaired or replaced. As leading experts among commercial roofing contractors, we’re sharing some of the most essential factors that create roofing resilience for your building.
1. Rooftop Energy Production
This means adding solar panels on your building’s roof for a longer-term building resiliency. Solar panels can store energy in batteries, which can be used in the event of a power outage to help power up the main components of your building. Just remember that most PV systems will not provide energy during a blackout since they rely on the power grid itself. But depending on how you use your building, it may be worth the cost to install a battery-backup PV system.
2. Impact Resistance
Impact resistance can mean resilience to debris, hail, or rooftop equipment. Your building’s roof can have an improved impact resistance when it has a tough roof coating with a durable cover board between the insulation layer and the membrane itself.
3. Wind Resistance
A resilient roof should easily withstand high winds. We recommend that you design your roof’s wind resistance to wind speeds higher than what building codes require, in order to provide even better protection for your building. We know best that most wind-related damage starts at your building’s corners and perimeters. These can be protected with thicker metal and a higher fastener density to increase wind resistance.
4. Roof Color and Insulation
The color of your roof also plays a vital role in keeping your building’s occupants comfortable. It’s a good and efficient way to encourage more productivity, especially with a roof that has a high R-value. A roof with a high R-value means less transfer of heat in and out of your building, which can help maintain a comfortable temperature indoors even if there’s a power outage.
When you need an expert for metal roofing installation and other services, don’t hesitate to hire us at JTI Roofing. Call us today at (407) 767-6912 for a free estimate, or fill out our contact form online.