Environmentally Conscious Roofing
5 roofing materials that are good for the planet and the building owner’s bottom line
The actions of pretty much everybody have an effect on the environment, and more and more people are beginning to recognize that. As a result, they’re doing things to limit their negative impact on the environment. Many commercial building owners, for example, are deciding to go with eco-friendly materials for their roofs.
In addition to being better for the planet, these materials can cut costs by reducing repairs and energy consumption. But, because there are many different materials to choose from, it can be difficult figuring out which is right for your building. Here are five of the best options:
Metal is an excellent roofing material for a number of reasons. First, roofs made of metal can easily last up to 50 years without needing to be replaced. Second, they are strong, durable, and have a little problem holding up against harsh elements like snow and hail. They are also fire-resistant.
From the environment’s standpoint, many metal roofs are made completely from recycled material. Plus, once their lifespan is over, they can be recycled in turn. In addition, a metal roof reflects light, which can keep the cooler building and cuts energy usage.
Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) roofing is made of rubber, which makes it very durable. This material can hold up well for decades and does not require a lot of maintenance. Plus, it is very light and doesn’t put a big strain on a building, which is why it is especially good for older structures. EPDM can also typically be installed relatively quickly and easily. Like metal, many of these roofs are made from recycled materials, and they are 100% recyclable when it’s time to take the roof down.
Shingles or tiles
While shingles and tiles are typically found on homes, they can also be used on commercial businesses. Good for the planet, they are often made from recycled materials, and because they come in a variety of shapes and colors, they can really add aesthetic flare. The different varieties include:
- Wood shingles or shakes: Usually made from recycled cedar shakes, wood shingles are 100 percent biodegradable. They also provide natural insulation, which can lower energy costs.
- Clay tiles: A roof made of clay tiles is fire- and pest-resistant and can stand up to all sorts of bad weather, including intense winds. Clay tile roofs can also last for 50 years or longer.
- Slate tiles: If you’re looking for a roof you may never need to replace, slate might be the best option. These stone tiles can easily last a century. Plus, light-colored slate reflects the rays of the sun, which keeps the building cooler and cuts down on AC costs.
- Concrete tiles: Concrete is another material that can help cool down a building, and it’s one of the most affordable roofing materials.
Solar power is one of the cleanest forms of energy, which is why solar panels are becoming commonplace for homes and commercial buildings alike. However, panels aren’t the only way to harness the power of the sun. Solar shingles can replace the existing material on a roof or lay down on top of it.
Solar shingles are generally easier to install than panels and more versatile. For example, they can cover the entire roof or just a small area, depending on the needs of the building owner. They also have the ability to reduce the amount of electricity a building uses by more than 50 percent, which is great for the Earth, as well as the bottom line of the property owner.
Unlike a lot of “green” things these days, green roofs are actually green because the roof is used to grow vegetation, including grass, trees, and flowers.
As you might imagine, green roofs can be very beneficial to the environment. For one thing, they keep buildings cooler. They do this by absorbing rainwater and using heat to evaporate it. This can cut cooling costs dramatically. Green roofs are also good for dealing with pollution, as plants remove pollutants from the air. Finally, green roofs conserve water by sending a large portion of the stormwater they collect back into the atmosphere.
If you are considering upgrading your roof to an eco-friendlier material — or perhaps you’re in the process of building a structure that will need a roof — get in touch with Peck Brothers. We will help you choose the best material for your building and give you an expert installation. We also offer preventative maintenance plans, so you can be sure that your roof is always in the best condition. For more information on what we offer, call us at 201-791-3235 or fill out our online contact form.