Sustainable roofing is environmentally friendly because it is renewable. Instead of replacing it in 20 years, it is monitored closely and small repairs are done as needed. This eliminates tear off and installation. It avoids taking many dumpsters of old product to the landfill. Some reports indicate that a full five percent of the garbage going to the dump is roof tear off.

It allows a better response to our need for shelter, and gives us an option to be green without sacrificing our need for quality. It is financially responsible, which is important to the bottom line of any company. Consistent monitoring and maintenance allow extension of the life of the roof, which saves a lot of money. Costs of inspection and repair are much lower over time than reinstalling a roof every ten to twenty years.

With all of this said, let’s look at the considerations in using these sustainable systems:

  • PROTECTION: We all realize that the first job of a roof is to protect the assets below. This means keeping it dry, avoiding UV damage, and keeping the things under the roof exactly where you want them. Wind protection is a key feature as well. Shelter from wind, water, and sun are probably the main reasons we install a roof, but they aren’t the only factors when considering which roof to install. There are many factors that will to consider outside of basic protection from the elements.
  • INSULATION: Maintaining separation from the outdoor elements is important for several reasons. Climate control is not only important for comfort, but many industry or manufacturing processes rely on strict control of temperatures. While control can be achieved in a completely uninsulated roof, the key here is to control the temperatures responsibly. This means a great R-value- the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. Adequate insulation helps keep a building cool in summer and warm in winter while saving money in spite of these adjustments.
  • CONSERVATION: Another issue that some people associate with cost is that less energy used means less energy consumed, lowering our carbon footprint. While one roof won’t make a lot of difference, many roofs will. This trend toward more responsible habitation is growing.
  • GREENING: Not every sustainable roof is a green roof, but some are. These roofs are being used to capture rainwater that is usually just drained off. Large roofs are a great place to install vegetation, which cleans our air, and in some cases, even provides food. Some companies are installing solar panel systems as well. Another option is passive solar, which uses a free resource (the sun) to heat both the air inside and the water being used. Solar tubes can be installed to replace lighting. These green additions take sustainability to another level, and if you are interested in these options, they can be implemented.

In the future, we can count on sustainable roofing to become more common. The key to making it work is maintenance. Installing it alone is not enough. Any roof, left alone for years, will deteriorate, causing damage to the contents of the building and even mold issues. By choosing AllSouth Sub-contractors, you have chosen a company known for implementing proper maintenance and after-care. We will help you take your sustainable roof to its maximum life expectancy and potential.


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