Can roofing be eco-friendly? You might be surprised to learn that there are quite a few solutions that are considered to be sustainable commercial roofing. Perfect for architects and builders who are trying to achieve LEED Certification status for a new structure and an excellent choice for property owners who are trying to reduce their carbon footprint, environmentally friendly roofing is on the rise. Some of the materials have been around for hundreds of years, offering quality coverage, protection, and long-lasting durability in their natural state, while others are man-made, yet offer advantages that make them more effective and efficient than other more traditional options.
Sheet Metal Roofing
While it might be surprising to think that sheet metal roofing could be considered sustainable, the truth is that most of the materials used to create metal roofing can be recycled again and again without losing any of their inherent qualities. Aluminum is an extremely valuable type of environmentally friendly roofing that is cost-effective, made from a large percentage of already recycled materials, and can be infinitely recycled. Depending on the alloy that is used, the aluminum roofing can also offer other benefits, including being naturally resistant to corrosion, long-lasting and durable, reflective, and energy-efficient, among other qualities.
While a bit more costly than a tar roof or shingles, sheet metal roofing can last 40 years or more if properly inspected and maintained throughout its lifetime, providing an excellent return on investment. This sustainable material is not available in an unlimited array of colors, styles, and designs, some which appear to look just like clay or tile roofing, as well as other architectural options. When it comes to roofing materials in the Southern New England area, nothing beats sheet metal when you consider the level of protection it provides against inclement weather, such as rain, snow, sleet, hail, and wind.
Another great option for environmentally friendly roofing in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut is single-ply roofing. Two of the most popular choices include EPDM rubber roofing and TPO roofing solutions, both of which provide long-lasting durability, strength, and flexibility, which is designed to move with your structure as it shifts over time. Sustainable commercial roofing does not have to be ugly or utilitarian. Single-ply roofing comes in black and white, along with an array of other color options, depending on the manufacturer. While the white version is preferred due to its ability to reflect UV rays and the heat from the sun, other colors are chosen for more aesthetic reasons.
Resistant to ozone, UV rays, algae, mildew, and scratches, tears, dents, and pitting caused by foot traffic leading to HVAC equipment and other roof-based machinery or weather conditions, single-ply roofing is an affordable solution for many property owners. The ongoing costs for preventive maintenance, inspections, and repairs are minimal, providing cost-effective protection year-round. Ideal for extreme climates, EPDM rubber roofing, and TPO roofing solutions both stand up to testing in hot and humid conditions as well as cold temperatures and snow. TPO roofing is even stronger than EPDM rubber roofing, providing three to four times the adhesive protection and resistance to impact.
Used for centuries, slate roofing is by far one of the most environmentally friendly roofing materials on the market. Made simply from natural slate, the only impact to the environment comes from digging the slate out of the earth and the cost to transport it to the job site. Available in our local northeastern region from sites in New York and Vermont, clients who want a unique look and durable layer of protection often choose slate roofing. In fact, Rhode Island slate roofing is a popular choice for many renovation projects on older structures, as well as for new construction that embraces sustainable commercial roofing as part of its design. A well-maintained, properly installed slate roof can last 100 years or more. Colors vary on the location of the deposit and local mineral makeup, which can range from quartz and mica to unique colors coming from magnetite, zircon, graphite, apatite, kaolin, tourmaline, biotite, and chlorite.
Call A&M Sheet Metal & Roofing today to get a FREE estimate for sustainable commercial roofing in your area. We can provide a complete assessment of your current roof or offer suggestions for new construction to include sheet metal roofing, single-ply roofing, or Rhode Island slate roofing materials. Give us a call at 401.654.4128 to speak with one of our agents or to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.