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What is the most eco-friendly roof system?

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March 20, 2011 at 10:33 p.m.

glassemulsion

I'm talking from the material mfg. To the finished product.

September 20, 2011 at 11:16 a.m.

Go Tropical

glassemulsion Said: Im talking from the material mfg. To the finished product.

Well I can say that Tropical does not make roofing systems. However, we do make maintenance, repair and restoration materials that are applied over existing roof systems. In our line of materials, the water based products are the most eco-friendly.

We have a full line of water based white elastomeric coatings and mastics as well as water based asphalt emulsions. Emulsions are used to actually restore asphalt based roofing systems and the white coatings simply preserve the system. For single-ply and metal roof systems, the elastomerics do a great job preserving and extending the roof life cycle.

August 30, 2011 at 1:46 p.m.

mm350

jeradlrson Said: Metal roofs are a environmentally conscious choice as they reflective heat of a home reducing cooling bills, they are usually made of 65% recycled material, and they can be layered over other roof material so you dont have to throw away excess material. I know more people are asking San Jose roofing contractors to put these up for these many benefits.

The Decra "Stone Coated Steel Roofing system" also is installed over other roof materials, it gives the owner the option of a shake,shingle,tile and the villa tile look -vs- the commercial look ie: r-panel, s panel or standing seam.

:huh: omg, just read it again and yes a metal roof.....nvm B)

August 24, 2011 at 11:04 p.m.

jeradlrson

Metal roofs are a environmentally conscious choice as they reflective heat of a home reducing cooling bills, they are usually made of 65% recycled material, and they can be layered over other roof material so you don't have to throw away excess material. I know more people are asking San Jose roofing contractors to put these up for these many benefits.

August 17, 2011 at 4:21 p.m.

CIAK

One that doesn't leak B) :) :) B) Deep Down In Florida Where The Sun Shines Damn Near Every Day

June 29, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.

Rpfannenstiel

One that can be Recycled. Insulation and Membranes!

June 18, 2011 at 9:00 p.m.

dougger222

Eco-friendly?

The winner has to be the cedar shake tear off, replace with shakes job we did a month ago. Shakes were torn off and then the homeowner chipped them up into mulch. He did the same thing 35 years ago with the previous roof.

As far as green roof, asphalt shingles are recycled in my area...

June 7, 2011 at 11:09 a.m.

Honest Roofer

Peter1 Said: Natural Slate, Copper or Lead.

Although Lead is a natural and common metal, there is nothing "Eco-Friendly" about it. Lead is one of the most toxic and poisonous substances on the planet.

Lead has a lot of good uses, but the metal should not be used anywhere it might see human contact. That includes contact with runoff water. Which means that once your yard has seen water runoff from your roof, it will test positive for Lead Oxide, which is an easily absorbed Lead compound that is extremely poisonous to humans and most other living creatures on this planet. If you have handled this material very much in your work, you should get a simple blood test for heavy-metal poisoning. It is simple, fast & cheap. It can also save your life.

Dan

June 7, 2011 at 11:01 a.m.

Honest Roofer

If you look at the full lifespan of the product, I would say that it is an Aluminum Shingle or Panel of some kind.

The reasons are: 1) Very long life. 2) Reflective, so it reduces attic temps (lowers A/C costs). 3) It is 100% recyclable over & over & over without losing any of it's beneficial properties. 4) While it is not Eco-friendly to mine & produce, it requires almost no processing to recycle. Just melt & re-form over & over. 5) Clean to install with no toxic chemicals or sealants involved. This also means that rain water runoff can be used for most any purpose due to the lack of toxic chemicals.

Dan

May 4, 2011 at 5:43 a.m.

Peter1

Natural Slate, Copper or Lead.

Natural slate comes out of the ground I have renewed roofs with slates that had already put in 200 years of service and good for at least another 50 years.

When they come to the end of their useful life they go back into the ground with no adverse effects to the environment.

Copper and Lead can give 50 years of life (often longer) when they reach the end of their service life they can be recycled and used again.

Cedar Shingles would also be eco friendly as they are a natural product, if they are taken from a sustainale managed forrest they can be classified as carbon neutral.

Sometimes we must look to the past to see the future :)

April 27, 2011 at 3:57 a.m.

dmckay

[url]http://www.ensorbuilding.com/section.php/43/1/firestone-epdm-rubbercover-flat-roofing [/url]

Firestone EPDM Rubber Roofing is very eco friendly, made from EPDM Material.

April 25, 2011 at 3:11 p.m.

glassemulsion

Sorry happy, I didn't catch the name in my email. I read some stuff on pvc I agree but isn't epdm a polluter during the manufacture process? What makes it Eco-friendly?

April 22, 2011 at 12:21 p.m.

HappyRoofer1

Hands down on a low slope roof there is nothing better than a properly installed ballast roof system. Keeps roof cool reflect sun light protects membrane ( EPDM) there are ballast roof that been on for 40 years and still doing good. and that is under old old specifications. Use a 60 mil EPDM with 6" seam tape, properly installed - you have a 75 year roof.

Ballast roofs are as green as it gets. Without the plants, grass and worry of roots.

here in wisconsin. Steel of all types are eco friendly. I think slate is great but not a good wisconsin roof where freeze thaw is quite prevalant.

PVC roofs are polluters and most likely one of the strongest membranes but harsh on environment during manufacturing and during life of roof.

April 13, 2011 at 6:26 p.m.

glassemulsion

No other eco-friendly roofs? what about tpo,pvc,torch,hbu? do they not contend i just sat through a seminar about pvc and they were very intent on making people think they were as good as all other roof systems. i was not impressed, i'm trying to learn more about these pvc and tpo roofs. as a buisness owner you cannot say a roof system is bad without taking the time to learn the pros and cons any comments would be appreciated.

April 13, 2011 at 3:34 a.m.

siddle

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April 12, 2011 at 12:25 a.m.

glassemulsion

Emulsion is the most Eco-friendly roof I would say, but I was trying to see what other roofers thought and there point of view thanks for the post though Shane. Ottawa that is Eco-eco-friendly!


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