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SMART Roofing, Inc. of Chicago announces continuation as authorized contractor for Duro-Last Roofing Systems for 2013

December 13, 2012

Duro-Last Roofing Systems have been installed on all types of commercial, industrial, and residential roofs all over the Chicago area. Over one-and-a-half billion square feet of Duro-Last membrane have been installed throughout North America. The Duro-Last System, which is a custom-fabricated, single-ply roofing system, is ideal for any flat or low-sloped application. It is extremely durable and can be installed by qualified contractors without disrupting building operations. The Duro-Last Roofing System is also watertight, highly reflective, resistant to chemicals, fire and high winds, and is virtually maintenance-free.

An excerpt from Duro-Last Roofing website:

Black Roofs vs. White Roofs

This information illustrates that there are many misconceptions when it comes to the benefits of black roofs vs. white roofs.

Q: I live in a northern tier climate, and have heard that any summertime energy savings I realize with a white roof will be offset by winter heat loss. Doesn’t a black roof help me save money on heating costs?

A: In the northern tier of the United States, one might think that a black roof would provide a winter heating benefit to building owners. However, there are several factors that make any potential heat gain relatively immaterial:

  • The laws of physics dictate that hot air will always rise. Thus, any heat that is transferred to the interior of a building structure from the outside will remain at the top of the structure, providing minimal heat savings.
  • In all parts of North America, there are fewer hours of sunlight to affect energy costs.
  •  In fact, in some areas, there is a greater than a six-hour difference between peak-summer and peak-winter sunlight, meaning there is less sunlight available to contribute to a building’s potential warming. Plus, the angle of the sun is less direct, which also helps to minimize warming potential.
  • In many areas, roofs are covered with snow for much of the winter, turning them “white” and eliminating any potential black roof heat gain.
  • The energy required to air condition a building in the summer is usually considerably greater than the energy to heat it in the winter, making the potential for summer energy cost savings much greater with a highly reflective white roof than winter savings with a heat absorbing black roof.

Contact SMART Roofing, Inc. of Chicago to discuss a new Duro-Last Roof on your commercial, industrial, or residential building.