Environmentally friendly roofing? – Roof coatings offer a solution

Let’s face it, roofing isn’t the most environmentally friendly thing to do around your home. Many of the materials that go on a roof are made out of petroleum based products. They are big and bulky and take up a lot of space at your local landfill. A typical 20 square roof can weigh as much as 2 – 3 tons.

According to a post on Recyclenation, approximately 11 million tons of roofing material are dumped into landfills every year across the U.S. To put it in perspective, that’s more weight than every Ford vehicle sold in the U.S. in 2011.

Fortunately, there are many programs available for recycling of roofing materials in our local market here in North Florida. I’ll save that for another post.

In this post, the focus will be on another solution to the waste problem with roofing. This solution focuses on low sloped roofing using various asphalt based rolled roofing materials like Torch Down.

Roof coatings offer an alternative to completely tearing off a low sloped roof. Under the right conditions, a roof coating can be used to extend the life of a worn low sloped roof by as much as 15 to 20 years. Another benefit of roof coatings is that they are often times more economical than a full roof replacement. Restoring an old roof with roof coatings can cost 25% – 50% less than a full roof replacement.

Another benefit to roof coatings is that they reduce energy costs. Most roof coatings today are white and are made with materials that reflect light. These properties help reduce the amount of heat absorbed into your roof, reducing energy bills, and further extending the life of your roof.

Below is a picture showing the difference between a black asphalt roof with no coating and a white roof coated with Conklin roofing products. The surface temperature of a black asphalt roof can reach 180 degrees or higher while a cool white roof can be 80 degrees cooler.

If you have a old or worn low sloped roof in North Florida and you are considering a roof replacement, give us a call. Roof coatings might offer an alternative that will save you money and make our state a little greener in the process.

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