How a Sustainable Roof will Save you Money and Save our Planet
With climate change hitting the headlines, both here in the UK and around the world, on a regular basis, today we’re going to take a look at why it’s becoming increasingly important to choose a sustainable roof when deciding on a new flat roof for your home or commercial premises.
More people than ever before are aware of global warming and the risks posed to both our planet and the continuing existence f the human race by climate change and this is causing the more responsible among us to take these issues into consideration when making purchasing decisions of all kinds. This extends to the construction industry and the roofing sector in particular as clients are now increasingly conscious about the materials and processes used to install all types of roofs.
The roofing sector is responsible for a lot of waste as some roofing materials (particularly those used for installing a flat roof) have a relatively short lifespan, and roofing waste fills up a lot of space in landfill sites. This is why it’s vital that you choose a material that’s fit for purpose and as robust and long-lasting as possible when choosing a new roof for your premises.
As we pointed out last week in our article on the pros and cons of different types of roofing materials, EPDM Rubber uses large, seamless single-ply sheets and a flame-free application process. This means that you can order a specific size of EPDM sheet which will reduce the amount of waste and contribute to a reduction in landfill waste.
This makes perfect sense in so many ways – some EPDM Rubber roofing materials have a lifespan of up to 50 years (as opposed to 10 – 20 years for felt roofing and 15 – 30 years for Built-Up Roofs using hot tar and gravel). The fact that the roof will last longer means that it will not be replaced as quickly as other flat roof materials, with less of it ending up in a landfill site.
If you’re serious about lessening your negative impact on the environment, then creating a roof that is authentically sustainable means that you should opt for high quality, eco-friendly materials that are made to last. The production cycle of a sustainable roof should entail the initial installation and then limited maintenance activity throughout the lifespan of the roof.
If you’ve chosen to use EPDM Rubber as a roofing material for your new roof, there are other measures you can take to increase the benefits, both to you as a user and to the environment.
- Install Roof Insulation – the right type of insulation will minimise how much energy the building uses to heat and cool in order to maintain an ideal temperature year-round.
- Solar Panels – installing solar panels on the roof will result in direct savings on your energy bills and reduce the amount of non-renewable energy being generated.
- Rooftop Plants – placing native plants on the rooftop will decrease the carbon emissions of the building below and improve its appearance, giving it kerbside appeal.