Let’s talk about your roof! In this day and age, the choices for “which product” and “which contractor” are wide-ranged and plentiful. Our climate here on Oahu, and throughout the Hawaiian Islands, has left us searching not only for a long-lasting product, but an energy-efficient one — it’s the “green era.”

According to recent statistics, home and building owners are going with roof-coating products such as silicone and acrylics more than ever before. These products are not only economical, but highly energy-efficient because of their reflectivity (not allowing the heat in).

The products are traditionally applied and can be used over metal, asphalt and concrete. Home and business owners commonly have this roof installed in white, but it can be tinted to just about any tone under the rainbow. This is an excellent choice for low-slope homes with existing substrates that are in decent to good condition.


The price of silicone and acrylics ranges from $3 to $5 per foot.

Another low-slope product is the Single Ply roof. The product consists of large sheets of plastic or rubber compounds that are mechanically fastened or fully adhered to the roofing deck. The seams of the product overlap and then are heat-welded together, forming a monolithic (seamless) roof. This is the new roof of choice for building contractors, and it offers great warranties and excellent reflectivity.

Single Ply roof prices range from $4 to $12 per foot, depending on the roof removal and insulation needed.

For steeper roofing surfaces, metal products are a great option. Most of them are available with a reflective energy-efficient finish and come in many beautiful colors. The standing seam metal roof is a great candidate for solar, as fewer penetrations into the roof have to be made to attach the PV or hot-water panels.


Metal roofing prices range from $8 to $10 per foot.

Asphalt shingles have also come a long way regarding heat distribution and energy efficiency. Most manufacturers have a reflective shingle available that is very affordable. Additionally, there is a wide range of warranty options, from 20 years to the lifetime of the structure.

The price of asphalt shingles ranges from $3.50 to $5.50 per foot.

In one word, the future of roofing is “exciting.” Manufacturers are hard at work making products available to both home and business owners that are high-quality, energy-efficient and yes, very green.


Contact Surface Shield Roofing Company today for more information concerning your next roof. Call 497-2716 or visit www.surfaceshieldroofing.com.

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