Protecting Your Roof the ‘Cool’ Way
With more than 20 years of experience in Hawaii’s roofing and solar industry, Surface Shield Roofing’s Shon Gregory has seen the business change as materials and technologies continue to adapt to the needs and priorities of property owners.
Because of our state’s dependence on imported oil, energy costs in Hawaii are the highest in the U.S., and the need to reduce the price of cooling a home or business has led to innovations. “The market demands that we work with the latest materials and technologies because our clients want to save on their energy costs over the long term,” Gregory says.
In addition to traditional roofing materials such as shake, tile and shingles, Surface Shield works with coating technology such as GacoSil S-20 and Tropical Silicone, solvent-free applications that come with a Class-A fire rating and retain their ultraviolet reflective quality over the life of the coating.
“Cool roofing” is an approach that has a variety of cost and environmental benefits, and the number of home and business owners adopting that approach is growing rapidly. Because such coatings are applied to existing roofing substrate, demolition that sends waste to a landfill is unnecessary. Buildings using cool-roof materials and technologies can save up to 25 percent on energy costs.
Surface Shield also is experienced and 5-star certified in the installation of the Solaris cool roofing systems by CertainTeed. The asphalt shingle technology is solar reflective and capable of reducing roof temperatures by up to 20 percent during summer months in Hawaii. The Solaris system meets LEED standards, and meets EnergyStar requirements for solar reflectivity and thermal emissivity. More durable than traditional roofing materials, the asphalt shingles reduce “thermal shock,” or the expansion of external building materials because of heat.
With a keen understanding of the dynamic nature of the building industry in Hawaii, Surface Shield is helping home and business owners utilize advances in technology and materials to control rising energy costs.
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