What is Green Roofing?
Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Alternatives to Conventional Roofing
Green roofing is an umbrella term for the growing movement in roofing and construction to promote sustainability and present home and business owners with energy saving alternatives. Roofing contractor’s that have gone green are able to educate people about the environment and savings benefits, offer products and services to reduce wasted energy, and take on the responsibility of recycling, reusing, and conserving products and supplies in their business practices.
Here is an overview of the following sustainability concerns that go into selecting roofing materials.
Weight – A heavy material requires a sturdier underlying structure compared to lighter material.
Waste-Stream – Some roofing materials can be reused or recycled after the lifespan has been reached. Others must be disregarded and add to environmental waste dumps.
Resilience – The durability of materials is another important consideration. Materials that last a long time require less maintenance over time and less new resources to replace them.
Resource Costs – The manufacturing of roofing materials require energy and can produce some toxic byproducts.
Suitability For Rainwater Collection – Leaching of toxic products is a legitimate environmental concern.
Suitability For Adding Photovoltaic Cells – The addition of solar panels or solar shingles may not be suitable for all roof types.
The Differences in Conventional and Green Roofing Materials
|Conventional Roofing Materials||Green Roofing Materials|
|Shingles / Shakes||Solar Roof Panels|
|Roofing Tiles||Solar Roof Shingles|
|Metal Roofing||Bio-Diverse Green Roofs|
|Flat Roof Systems|
A Final and Important Tip
Roofing companies can support new technology in material optimization, energy efficiency, and recycling. One of the ways to ensure that you work with a green roofing expert is to look for the GAF Certified Green Roofer. GAF is an industry leader when it comes to green materials and products.
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Source: Texas Certified