White vs. Black Flat Roofing Systems

 In Blog, Roof Installation, Roof materials

There are many variations of flat roofing systems, but many consumers break them down into two categories: White vs. Black flat roofing systems. Since color is one of the first associations people make when they see a roof, it’s understandable that people note light and dark flat roofs. Besides aesthetics, let’s look at the reasons for choosing a light or a dark flat roofing system

Types of Flat Roofing Systems

A flat roofing system is a general term that encompasses every type of flat roof. The type and color will depend on the building, business, and climate. 

Whether for commercial or residential use, a roof is integral to keeping the building temperature. The color of the roof can play a part in this function. 

We work with the following flat roofing systems:

  • Single Ply Membrane
  • PVC
  • TPO
  • EPDM
  • Polyglass

White Flat Roofing Systems

White roofs are often TPO or PVC. A white roof will help to cool the building by reflecting the sun. You may even hear them referred to as “cool roofs” instead of a white roof. Light-colored flat roofing systems are therefore often seen in warmer climates. 

Cities often get hotter due to the mass of concrete and other heat-absorbing materials. A light-colored flat roof will limit the energy absorbed from the sun and keep the building cool.

White vs. Black Flat Roofing Systems

Laying a flat roofing system in Colorado.

In cold regions, allowing your building to rain some of the heat and energy from the sun to help keep the building warm may be beneficial. Another factor to consider is the snow and ice accumulation in the winter, which is more prevalent with a cool roof. 

Black Flat Roofing Systems

EPDM, a durable synthetic rubber material, is considered a black roof and is one of the most recognizable flat roofing systems. It should come as no surprise that a black roofing system will retain solar heat, helping to heat your building and preventing snow and ice buildup. 

Heat absorbed through the roof is delivered to the rest of the building, taking pressure off the internal heating system and saving energy. 

Choosing The Right Flat Roofing System

We can argue for white and black flat roofing systems due to the Colorado climate. Because we have warm summers and cold winters, it’s important to consider all of your options and requirements. 

Consulting with a professional roofing contractor familiar with the Colorado climate and the pros and cons of each type of roof is recommended. 

Front Range Commercial Roofing Contractor

We know the Colorado climate and the qualities of commercial roofing systems to guide you in the right direction. 

To talk to a professional roofer about your commercial flat roofing system options, give us a call today.

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