Choosing the Environmentally Friendly Roofing Option

Homeowners and businesses today know that continuing to invest in their home or office is the best way to protect its value. What has changed in recent years is the focus of those investments. For example, when it comes time to replace a roof, many consumers are looking for options that are both energy-saving and environmentally friendly. Fortunately, there is an excellent new alternative on the market that is also quite affordable.

Hot Tar Roofs vs. Elastomeric Coated Roofs

There have been growing concerns over the years about the continued use of hot tar in roofing applications. While it may be a versatile and effective material in roofing, it’s also been proven to be dangerous on many levels. When hot tar is used in a roofing application, the waste gets thrown into landfills. Hot tar also emits odors, which can be harmful to workers and possibly residents. There is a better solution that doesn’t emit dangerous fumes or pollute our planet: elastomeric coated roofs.

Environmentally Friendly Roofing

environmentally friendly roofingA more environmentally friendly roofing option is elastomeric coated roofs. These roof coatings provide significant savings and benefits to all types of roofs, especially flat roofs. The coating goes on as a liquid and dries as a bright white finish. In the summer, the roof will expand to protect as necessary and then will contract in the winter, never leaving leaks, bubbles or cracks. The material provides heat reflection, which not only reduces electric bills but also cuts down on any HVAC wear and tear over time.

Because the roof has the ability to expand and contract with seasonal temperatures, heat and cold are no longer an issue. This also provides the roof with a much longer lifetime, which is especially useful in Southern New Mexico where summers often reach three digits, followed by a large drop in temperature at night. In the past, a commercial roof needed to be replaced every 15 to 20 years. Putting an elastomeric coating on a roof can extend its lifetime by decades, saving the company in energy costs along the way. Better yet, there may be some federal tax incentives available to help pay for the roof due to the energy efficiency.

Whether looking to replace a roof for your home or business, choosing Atlas Home Repair as your environmentally friendly option doesn’t have to be the more expensive choice. Hot tar roofs have been shown to be dangerous, and there is a better option that can both extend the life of your roof and save you money on energy bills. If you have further questions, please contact us at (575) 522-0697 or online.