There’s a lot to gain from joining the eco-friendly trend. With rising power prices, eco-friendly and energy-efficient home features have become a matter of practicality for homeowners that want to cut costs and also reduce their carbon footprint.
One of the most popular eco-friendly home improvements is an energy-efficient roof. There are a variety of energy-efficient roofing materials, but we recommend PVC roofing. The material strikes a balance between durability and energy efficiency, making it a good choice for a roof replacement.
Durability and Waste Reduction
A roof’s primary function is to protect your home from the elements, and on that account, PVC is a great choice. The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) has set the minimum breaking strength for PVC roofing membranes at 200 pounds per inch, but the load-bearing capacity of the average PVC roof is well beyond that at 350 pounds per inch. Because of this, a PVC roof can last more than 20 years. And since PVC roof is 100% recyclable, it won’t contribute to landfill waste.
PVC’s exceptional load-bearing capacity also makes it a suitable choice for a commercial roofing system, like a flat roof. Flat roofs can double as an extra floor or a mini-garden of sorts on commercial buildings, but they have to be lightweight so as to not add too much pressure to the high-rise building’s structure. And at the same time, a flat roof needs to be durable enough to withstand daily foot traffic.
Lower Power Costs
PVC roof membranes can also help cut down your carbon footprint and power costs. These membranes are reflective and therefore don’t absorb as much heat as a conventional roofing membrane. This, in turn, means your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home. This is also a significant advantage for roofs with low slopes, as their lack of elevation exposes them to more sunlight.
To make sure you get to enjoy all of the aforementioned benefits, only hire an experienced contractor.
Mascon, Inc. is a family-owned contractor with over four decades’ worth of experience. We offer a wide range of roofing services, including roof inspection and installation services. To get a free quote, call (512) 376-5096 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Austin, TX.