How The Color Of Your Roof Affects Your Building’s Interior

May 12, 2021Blog, Commercial Roofing

When it comes to commercial roofing, most business owners prefer an easy-to-install roof, one that requires minimal maintenance, affordable, and protects the everyday business activities going on underneath from the outside environment.

The color of your commercial roofing system affects how much heat is absorbed into the building, its ability to withstand harsh UV rays, how much heat it contributes to its surrounding environment, and your energy bills at the end of the month.

In fact, most people would probably rank this as last on their list when they’re choosing a new rooftop for their business. But what many may not know is that the roof coating on your rooftop and the color of your roofing system tremendously impacts the interior of your building.

While you can paint or coat your commercial roof any color you’d like, the most common commercial roofing colors are black and white. Today, we’ll be discussing the differences between these commercial roofing colors and how they may benefit your commercial roof and your business.


Black Commercial Roofing

Black commercial roofing systems are great for businesses in colder climates. Black naturally absorbs heat, and your black roofs are also more likely to keep the building warm than white ones, which reflect the sun’s heat instead of absorbing it. In addition, this heating feature reduces snow and ice from forming on your roofs, so you will spend less time removing them!

However, black commercial roofing systems still need to be maintained as the accumulation of dirt and debris on your roof will drastically reduce the roof color’s advantages.

If your business is located in a warmer climate, you may want to reconsider installing a black commercial roof. However, your black roof will lead to you spending more money on air conditioning and contribute to the heat island effect.


White Commercial Roofing

White commercial roofing systems are usually made from TPO, PVC, or white-coated metal roofing materials. Commonly referred to as a “cool roof,” these roofs reflect light and heat away from your building which helps keep it cool in hot and humid weather conditions- saving you money on your air conditioning costs.

If you want to reap the benefits of a cool roof, make sure your white commercial roofs are well maintained and free from dirt or debris. Keeping them in pristine condition will help keep your building cooler.

White commercial roofs are great at keeping your building cool in the summer, but they’re not so good when it comes to heating. As a result, you might have to spend more on heating during the winter months if you opt for a white roofing system.

When it comes to ice and snow formation, white roofing is unfortunately not as great as black roofing at getting rid of it. Snow and ice need to be removed as soon as possible because standing water can deteriorate your commercial roofing system.


Whichever color you decide to go for, rest assured that Denver Roof Coatings will do an excellent job at coating your roofing system and providing it with an extra layer of protection. For all your roof coating needs, give Denver Roof Coatings a call today!