When roofing or re-roofing your commercial space, there are several choices you can make to be sure you are helping the planet while you improve your business. Here are some ideas for eco-friendly commercial roofing.
Find a roofer who is committed to being green: The most important thing you can do to make sure your roofing project is as eco-friendly as possible is to select a roofer who has the same priorities as you do. Your roofing contractor will be making many decisions in the course of your roofing project, so be sure to find a contractor whose priorities and values you can trust.
Recycle your old roofing materials: If you are re-roofing your commercial space, you will have old roofing materials to dispose of. Although it may seem easier to toss everything in a dumpster and throw it away, many of your old roofing materials can be recycled. Be sure to choose a roofer who is committed to recycling your roofing materials. With recycling companies coming to pick up many of your old roofing materials, you will save money on dumpster rental and waste removal.
Choose eco-friendly roofing materials: Commercial roofing materials must be more durable and suited for a flatter roof than residential roofing materials. Not only do durability and the slope of the roof impact your choice of materials, but you should also consider how your roofing materials impact your environment. You should consider how long your roof will last (replacing a roof less often is easier on the environment), how easily it can be recycled, and whether it is made from recycled materials. Natural materials such as metal, slate, and clay are good eco-friendly choices for your commercial roof. These materials may be pricier than some other options, but will last longer and save you money in the long run, as well as saving the planet while you roof. You can check the environmental impact and ratings of your roofing materials to be sure you are comfortable with the impact you are making on the environment.
Consider adding reflective panels: When your roof absorbs sunlight all day, it can cause your building to get hotter on the inside. This can increase the amount of energy you use to cool your building. Adding reflective materials to your roof means that it will absorb less heat and save you energy costs. Reflective panels on the roof also help with the "Urban Heat Island Effect." (Urban areas soak up and retain heat, which makes it more difficult for the weather to cool down at night. Concrete and other building materials retain heat and stay warm all night.)
With some attention to your impact on the environment, you can install a more eco-friendly roof on your commercial space. Contact a company like Bell Roof Co for more information.