There is a lot of planning that goes into designing an eco friendly or green roof, Factors like structural integrity, cost, efficiency and capabilities will be the deciding factors when choosing your design. When deciding what’s green and what’s not, you should consider all aspects of a given material. Things like the source and composition of the raw material, life cycle / durability, maintenance, and waste disposal. it’s key to remember that Often there are tradeoffs: a very durable and efficient material (such as metal) tends to require quite a bit more energy to produce. Cost and ease of installation are not exactly green attributes, but will always be factors in your decision.
Basic Planning, first you have to decide if you want a power generating roof, a low impact roof or a green roof. low impact roofing has a lower environmental cost for roofing material production and transportation and saves money on day to day operational costs. Power Generating roofing can heat water, generate electricity and save money and the environment by decreasing the cost and pollution caused by traditional power plants. A green roof can be a rooftop garden, not only are they beautiful, they also provide awesome insulation, and help remove pollution from the atmosphere and can even be used to grow your own food.
For a low impact roof, the first decision to make is your roofing material. when Choosing the material for your new roof it’s vital to take all factors into account. You will want to think about Things like how expensive your roof will be, how transporting and creating the roofing material impacts the environment, and the longevity of your roof.
Wood Shingles, While natural have a huge environmental impact not only is wood expensive to install and purchase, wood shakes (or shingles) are typically harvested from old growth forests and usually don’t pass fire code unless treated with toxic fire retardant chemicals.
Metal roofs are some of the coolest roofs around, in looks and temperature for homes. Metal roofs are available in stainless steel, Copper and aluminum, metal roofing usually has a high percentage of recycled content. They have a high insulation value, solar reflectance, and durability.
Slate is the most durable roofing material, Slate Roofing lasts a long time, but the fasteners that hold it on the roof deck will wear out after about 100 years long before the slate roofing itself wears out. As a natural material, slate roofing is both extremely durable and also recyclable. Slate Roofing comes in a good selection of colors and Slate Roofing’s variation of color is what adds to the unique appearance of slate roofing.
Clay tile roofing invokes a certain Mediterranean flair and boast the ability to last over 50 years with good insulation value, also tile roofing is Class A fire rated. Tile Roofing can also be lighter colors that adhere to the cool roof standards.
Green, or Eco Friendly Roofing can be a complex issue, Although we only explored some options for low impact roofing we hope this article has informed and entertained you.