No roofing material could ever appease uncompromising environmentalists because no 100%-green option exists on the market. However, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is arguably the most eco-friendly choice among single ply membrane systems. With these benefits, it’s perhaps your safest flat-roofing bet to minimize your environmental impact.
Reduced Energy Consumption
Experienced commercial roofing contractors, including Carney Roofing Company, have glowing reviews on PVC in terms of energy efficiency. Its ENERGY STAR®-certified varieties have excellent thermal properties, featuring at least 0.65 initial solar reflectivity. After three years, tests have shown that PVC roofing systems can preserve their “cool” quality, delivering a solar reflectivity of 0.50 (or greater).
In other words, PVC single ply membranes can continue to deflect at least half of the solar heat it catches long after installation. If you want to lower your building’s energy costs, reduce its carbon footprints and help mitigate climate change, PVC is a great choice.
Improved Conservation of Natural Resources
While it’s technically a type of plastic, it’s incredibly durable. If you choose PVC for single ply roofing replacement, you won’t have to worry about buying a new one for decades. It’s not immune to the effects of the elements, but its low-maintenance design means less material is necessary to retain its structural integrity.
Further, PVC is extremely lightweight. If you’re building isn’t engineered to support the weight of a heavy roof, it will reduce the need for wood or steel as structural reinforcement.
Decreased Construction Waste
Its ability to withstand damage from wind, moisture, fire and chemicals is the secret of its longevity. Preventive maintenance allows PVC to last for decades, reducing the likelihood of immediate replacement.
Come retirement, this material can be recycled into new roofing products. When handled by an environmentally responsible, full service roofing company, the old PVC roof will end up in landfills.
Learn more about the other environmental benefits of PVC and determine whether it’s the best choice for your flat roof. Call Carney Roofing Company at (936) 307-0900 now to discuss your roofing needs and get a free estimate in Longview, TX, or any nearby community.