Energy Star Qualified
ENERGY STAR qualified roof coatings, such as Elastek Solar Tek Extreme, Solar One, Solar Mastic, Solar Magic, and The Shield have undergone extensive Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) review for both initial and long-term performance. The EPA-required tests have proven these coatings’ ability to reflect more of the sun’s rays. This can lower roof surface temperature by up to 50°F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building.
Saves Money & Energy
ENERGY STAR is a label that helps consumers identify products that save them money and help protect the environment by saving energy. The EPA allows manufacturers to use the ENERGY STAR label on reflective roof products that meet the US EPA’s specifications for solar reflectance and reliability. Energy Star labeled roof products are designed to help save money on utility bills and reduce wastage.
Downsizes Cooling Equipment
According to EPA, Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings — one-sixth of all electricity generated in this country. ENERGY STAR qualified roof coatings like Elastek can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, reducing peak cooling demand by 10-15%. As a result, the home or building owner may be able to purchase a smaller, more efficient, and less expensive cooling system.
Decreased Pollution in Urban Areas
ENERGY STAR qualified roof products help to reduce the ‘heat island effect,’ in which dark heat-absorbing buildings and paved areas make the area in urban areas hotter, and more smoggy.
Increases Roof Product Life
ENERGY STAR qualified roof products like Elastek maintain a more constant temperature and reduce thermal shock, which occurs when cool rain hits a hot roof, causing a sharp drop in temperature. During temperature changes, a roof expands and contracts, causing stress and degrading the roof.
Qualifying reflective products like Elastek must have warranties that are equal or superior to comparable non-reflective roof products. Qualifying products must also meet solar reflectance criteria determined by the US EPA. Manufacturers are required to verify the solar reflectance of the new roof product, as well as the solar reflectance of the installed roof product at 3 years (or more).
When is the best time to consider reflective roof coating? During building design AND when an existing roof needs recoating or refurbishment.