THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT ROOF WASTE
Every time a roof is replaced, the old roof has to be trashed (common) or recycled (much less common). This is a shame, especially when the roof was a large one, because it means literal tons of waste are going to our landfills or recycling facilities. Does it have to be this way? Can we prevent roof waste? How can we do that to help the environment?
Use the Materials in Place
The simplest way to prevent waste is to never tear off your roof. There are three ways to accomplish this. 1. Install a roof system that lasts forever (impossible). 2. Install a second roof over top of the first (can only do this once). 3. Install a silicone coating over the existing roof (can do this indefinitely). Clearly, one of these options is preferable to the other two. A silicone coating can renew your roof, restore it for the future, and prevent tearing it off indefinitely.
How Long Does Silicone Last?
Silicone coatings last longer the thicker they are applied. A roof that is installed 35-40 mils thick will last around 20 years. But, that doesn’t mean you have to tear the roof off after 20 years. When the first coating needs to be replaced, simply apply another layer of silicone to renew the first coating of silicone. You get another 20 years. When that coating wears thin, install another layer. 20 more years. You can repeat this process as long as the building and roof stay structurally sound. The building itself will most likely need renovations before the roof once it has a silicone coating installed.
Saving Money and the Environment
When you eliminate tear-off for your roofing project, you’re not just helping the environment. You no longer have to pay labor to tear off the roof, you don’t have to pay for dumpsters and landfill fees. You don’t have to pay to reinstall a new roof over top of the one you just removed. Very few decisions in this day and age are good for you and good for the environment. Silicone is one of them. Prevent roof waste with a silicone coating and you won’t regret it.