What are the benefits to using a Thermo Materials® reflective roof coating on your building?


Thermo Materials® reflective roof coatings (fluid-applied membrane systems) cool and protect the roof surface. Benefits of a reflective roof coating include:

  • Reduces the temperature inside the building it covers by 5-15 degrees.
  • Reduces the roof surface temperature by 20-60 degrees.
  • Increases the effective “R” value of insulation.
  • Increases the efficiency of HVAC units.
  • Saves on the cost of air conditioning resulting in lower energy costs overall of your building by reducing your peak electrical demand level.
  • Creates a more comfortable environment in areas where there is no air conditioning.
  • Slows premature aging of a roof due to high surface temperatures and UV degradation.
  • Results in reduced respiratory health risks and the risk of heat-related deaths, especially in a “Heat Island” area.
  • Are environmentally friendly (“green”).
  • Reduces landfill materials – at least 10% of landfill waste is made up of roofing materials.
  • Saves energy, both for the building owner, and for the utility supplier.
  • Reduces the carbon footprint of the building by reducing the CO2 emissions.
  • Minimizes the environmental burden.

Is the cost of applying a Thermo Materials® reflective roof coating a good investment?
Yes, applying a Thermo Materials® reflective roof coating is an excellent investment.* If the installation costs of a coating system are slightly higher in certain situations, the long term benefits can pay back exponentially, by providing:

  • Longer roof life, better durability – coatings protect the roof substrate from destructive UV radiation.
  • Reduced maintenance costs over the life of the roof and coatings can provide the added bonus of being a water-resistant barrier.
  • Better budget management due to predictable life extension of the roof, i.e., the opportunity to re-coat the roof rather than replace it which is a reduction in expense over traditional re-roofing.
  • Reduced installation risks.
  • Minimal disruption to the occupants and operations during application.
  • A more desirable and comfortable work environment inside the building.
  • Energy credits, tax savings and rebates.

*Coatings are considered “restoration” and not a new roof system installation. Therefore, they may be expensed in the fiscal year during which they are applied instead of amortizing the cost over the life of the roof (as in a new membrane installation). This can be a huge tax benefit to some building owners. Check with your CPA or CFO to properly apply this information to your own roof situation.