A Revolutionary Lex-Coat™ Flat Roofing Solution
The only permanent solution for any flat roof is the European designed LexCoat Roof Save System, installed by A.M.G. Specialty Coatings out of Windsor Ontario Canada.
They provide you with a roof that is virtually free, lowers the carbon footprint by 10 tons of carbon per year for your application, reduces your electrical bill for air-conditioning by 40%, reduces your heating bill by as much as 45% and eliminates 100% of your maintenance on your roof for as long as the building stands at no extra charge.
This company has installed millions of sq/ft and lowers the heat island effect at the same time. Temperature drops of up to 100 degrees F are recorded to be dropped on the outside and 12-15 degrees on the inside.
The only roof to also provide you with a transferrable warranty in the industry with no small print that is covered 100%. Asking doesn't cost anything, but the mistake of putting on a roof you know will fail is redundant.
The first and foremost benefit of having a Lex-Coat™ Roof installed is the savings in energy, from heating and cooling to the maintenance that is usually charged. The other financial benefits are so large that by having the ability for the roof to pay for itself in as little as 3, or as long as 5 years, it will now provide you with a rate of return on your money worth 20%-30% annually. This is true value that stays with the building and is of major importance when you re-finance or are trying to sell the property.
The green aspect of the project is just another social and environmental benefit and feeling you receive once we have installed our E-20 Roof Save System.
Good for the bottom line
From a bottom-line perspective, the major benefit of a cool roof is its potential to deliver energy savings. By reducing the absorption of solar heat through the roof, a cool roof lowers a facility's cooling load and the energy required to power air conditioning.
"People may not think of the roof as an energy-saving opportunity," says Steve Ryan, program manager, roof products, Energy Star. "There has been an Energy Star label for roof parts for five or six years, and still a lot of people don't know about it. But this is an opportunity to lower your peak energy usage and to decrease your bills."
How much savings can a facility executive expect a cool roof to deliver?
"The message is somewhat complicated," says Bill Good, executive vice president, National Roofing Contractors Association. "How much you can save depends on a lot of factors, including geography, materials and whether there are areas where heating and cooling are escaping from the building."
A thorough analysis of possible savings will take into account the amount of insulation in the facility and the price of energy in the area. The short story, however, is that in areas where there is less need for air conditioning and more demand for heating, the energy-saving benefits of a cool roof are not as great.
"You definitely save more in a warmer climate," says Ryan. The weather is one reason; another factor is that buildings in the south tend to have less insulation, says Ryan.
"In a hot climate, a cool roof probably saves 30 cents per square foot per year," says Akbari. "In the northern part of the country, it is less. The savings is probably more like 20 to 25 cents per square foot. But, still, there is a savings."
Good for the environment
Energy savings are not the only reason to opt for a cool roof. Indeed, the researchers who pioneered the technology in the 1970s were motivated primarily not by the cost savings cool roofs bring for facility owners, but by the significant environmental benefits they offer for cities where they are widely used.
"When you use a cool roof you cool the city," says Art Rosenfeld, commissioner of the California Energy Commission.
Rosenfeld pioneered the study of urban heat islands — a phenomenon in which the air temperature in and around urban areas is raised by 6 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit, primarily as a result of the prevalence of heat-retaining surfaces like dark roofs and asphalt streets. Because of their high emissivity and their ability to maintain low surface temperature, cool roofs have a well-documented ability to combat the urban heat island effect.
Urban heat islands are associated with increased pollution and cooling costs, negative health effects, and even decreased workplace productivity because of the impact of poor air quality. "Ozone — call it smog — is extremely temperature dependent," says Rosenfeld. "In Los Angeles, when the average daily temperature is 72 or below, there is ozone in the air but there are no smog episodes. When it goes up to 92 degrees, you have 100 percent likelihood of smog episodes. When you have an urban heat island, you are artificially increasing that temperature through manmade means, and the negative results for the environment and for public health are significant."
While the urban heat island effect is most severe in warm climates, it is not just facility executives in Los Angeles who should be concerned about it.
"Cities in the north as well as in the south of the country are affected by this phenomenon," says Rosenfeld. "Believe it or not, the city of Toronto is an urban heat island."
The environmental benefits of cool roofs are prompting municipal and state agencies across the nation to consider mandating their use as a matter of policy. California blazed the trail of incorporating cool roofs into building code: Following a 1999 analysis that revealed the potential energy savings afforded by cool roofs, Title 24 introduced credits for facilities that opted for cool roofs. As of October 2005, California will require the use of cool roofs in certain applications. Cities as far north as Chicago are following suit.
"There is definitely an acceleration of the introduction of cool roofs with the onset of energy policies and codes in states and cities," says Akbari.