Heat settles in to El Paso like a politician into a gerrymandered district. For the past century and a half, the sprawling West Texas city has averaged 15 summer days in which it hit the 100-degree mark. It’s an A/C-dominant climate, which contributes to higher energy bills for local residents and businesses. A regional supermarket chain with locations throughout the city has made a push over the past year to re-roof its stores with SPF roofing systems that have immediately contributed to energy savings from reduced cooling costs. Interestingly enough, the supermarket’s initial motivation for rehabilitating its stores’ roofs didn’t have so much to do with energy costs, but extensive building material failure.
Several of the supermarket’s stores had been installed with TPO rubber roofing systems, but over the years, the supermarket had become increasingly dissatisfied with the roofs’ performance. Cracking and tears were not uncommon. The issues were enough to force the supermarket into deciding to commence a roofing restoration initiative. However, the roof restorations wouldn’t be restricted to just the TPO stores. The supermarket had done its research on spray foam roofing systems and decided that SPF’s advantages gave the chain an opportunity to parlay its situation by improving the efficiency of its stores’ energy usage on top of restoring their roofs.