BUZZWORDS COME AND BUZZWORDS GO.
Some have distinctive generational appeal, such as
“the establishment” or “IBM compatible“. Currently our economic and ecological situation has led to “sustainability” becoming a hot word. Our food sources, our natural resources, and yes, even the roofs over our head can now be sustainable. It seems that these days everyone is looking for a sustainable roof.
But what does that mean for the typical commercial building owner or manager? Is a sustainable roof truly affordable? Is this something that can be implemented easily?
Before we understand some easy ways to give your building a sustainable roof, let’s look at the meaning of the word. Webster’s dictionary defines sustainability as “…being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged, or …relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods . “
What makes a sustainable roof?
- The materials used on the roof can be sustainable; easily obtained, containing recycled content or easily biodegradable once removed.
- The commercial roof itself once installed can be sustainable; with the materials used providing a higher quality, longer life. This reduces the impact on the environment in the tons of waste in our landfills and provides a significant long-term savings to the owner.
- The roof structure can be used to collect resources, such as water or sunlight.
- The color of the roof can be altered to minimize energy use.
So what easy, cost reducing steps can you implement as a building manager?
- Harness your rooftop to collect water run-off for the irrigation of the surrounding landscape. Either a flat or pitched roof can be utilized for water collection. This can reduce your demand on traditional water sources. Start small if that’s all your budget allows.
- Watch your roof for signs of leaks, the long term damage from moisture will eventually effect more than your roof. Once your roof shows ANY signs of deterioration, select a new roof surface that will be more durable and have a lower impact on the environment. Many of these products can be applied directly on top of your existing roof, which then reduces landfill waste.
- When repairing or upgrading to a new roof, be sure to use lighter colors to reduce heat absorption. Commercial roofing products are available in a variety of colors and even light-reflecting options.
Be sure to give Progressive Materials a call if you have any questions on how we can help make your roof more sustainable roof, which in the end saves time and money on repair and on energy costs.