An insulation option

Choosing the right insulation can significantly alter a roof system's cost and performance

Editor's note: The opinions in this article are those of the author and not NRCA.

Cost is the most important factor when a building owner chooses a roof system for a commercial building, according to a 2014 survey of building owners conducted by Buildings magazine for the EPDM Roofing Association. According to the study, 39 percent of building owners cited cost as their top roofing consideration. Product warranty and long-lasting components also were highly rated just behind cost, indicating building owners and roofing professionals want to balance performance and cost.

Choosing the proper insulation is one way roofing contractors can build performance into their roof systems while not breaking their customers' budgets.

Cost-benefit metrics