There are many benefits of choosing an eco-friendly roofing material for your commercial building. Beyond the positive impact on the environment, they help save you money on your utilities, are often more affordable to install, and provide a healthier environment for the workers. They can also reduce heat islands and help you contribute to a happier, healthier community. If you are looking for a new roof, it’s a great idea to consider an eco-friendly roofing option. Here are three of the most eco-friendly roofing materials for commercial roofs.
Metal roofing is one of the most eco-friendly roofing materials on the market. First of all, it is extremely durable and can last up to 100 years if well-maintained. Secondly, it is extremely durable and will not warp, crack, or tear. It is extremely insulating and promotes energy conservation by reducing the utilities needed to heat and cool the building. Finally, metal roofs are recyclable. So once it is removed, the metal can be repurposed.
Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM)
EPDM roofing is extremely energy efficient. It both reflects and traps heat, reducing the use of utilities. It is a long-lasting roof that has a lifespan of 50 years if properly maintained. EPDM roofing is often made from recycled tires and is a recyclable material. EPDM is also one of the most cost-effective of the roofing materials, saving you money on installation and utility consumption. It is weather and UV resistant and extremely durable.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO)
TPO is a type of single-ply plastic roofing. It is rated as a “cool” roof because of its energy efficiency. TPO is most often white in color which helps reflect the sun and keep your building and neighborhood cooler. It is extremely durable and resistant to wind storms, chemicals, and UV. TPO does not last as long as metal but it does last 20 years with good maintenance. TPO is also recyclable. It is a great option for buildings with businesses that require a lot of ventilation like restaurants.
Other Eco-Friendly Roofing Options
Beyond these materials, there are some other options you can consider for an eco-friendly roof. The first is a solar roof. Solar roofing incorporates energy-generating solar panels. Another option is a “green roof.” A green roof uses a system that incorporates vegetation to insulation the building and improves air quality in the neighborhood. Finally, there is spray polyurethane foam roofing (SPFR). SPFR has a high r-value and is extremely insulating. It can also be applied on top of an existing roof, reducing material use.
If you are looking for an eco-friendly option for your commercial roof, the roofing experts at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services can help. We’ll review all of your options with you to help you select the best materials for your unique needs. No matter which material you decide, we’ll also help with professional installation and a solid maintenance plan so you can get the most out of your roof’s lifespan. Give us a call today to learn more.