Whether it is installing a more energy efficient cooling system, or reducing waste on the property, using fewer toxic chemicals to sanitize a space, or constructing with a longer term eco-friendly objective in mind, companies are investing resources on becoming more sustainable. To keep up with this demand, the market today offers a range of sustainable roofing solutions. Let us look at some new trends in this sector.
Sustainable Roofing Materials
Those constructing a new space, or making additions and modifications to an existing structure can choose from a variety of roofing materials including, metal, concrete, synthetic rubber, living roofs, silicone roof coatings, and artificial thatch, like Palmex, made of HDPE a high-density polymer.
While metal is fairly durable, it tends to corrode in coastal regions and does not hold up well to environmental wear and tear. Silicone coated roofs are highly-reflective surfaces that repel heat and offer good insulation. Synthetic rubber roofs are lightweight and easy to install. Each of these materials offer certain advantages and are sustainable choices to varying degrees.
However, if you wish to install a roof that offers all the advantages of being energy-efficient, durable and sustainable while retaining the charm of a natural thatched roof, look no further than Palmex. A high-quality, artificial thatch roofing solution, Palmex mimics the look and feel of natural thatch. Palmex comes with a 20 year warranty and guarantees owners complete peace of mind because it requires no maintenance. Not surprisingly, it is LEED Certified, and is a highly sustainable roofing material. But let us take a closer look at what makes a roofing material sustainable.
Points to Keep in Mind While Choosing a Sustainable Roofing Material
Sustainability is a measure of how a particular resource is harvested or used so that it is not permanently damaged or depleted. So the choice of a roof can be sustainable if:
- The materials used to build the roof are easy to obtain, replace or manufacture or if they are made using recycled content. Natural thatch is not a very sustainable resource in this context because it is difficult to harvest. our green cover is finite and rapidly depleting, which makes natural thatch a not very sustainable choice.
- Roofs are considered to be sustainable when made of a high-quality, durable material so it does not need to be replaced frequently. Choose a material that can go for years without needing to be repaired or changed.
- A long-lasting roof not only provides significant long-term savings to builders but also reduces the environmental impact on the surroundings by ensuring that tonnes of roof waste are kept out of landfills.
- A sustainable roof is also one that needs little to no maintenance. Using toxic chemicals to fumigate a roof – say in the case of natural thatch – which requires frequent treatment using pesticides, to keep away rats, birds, mold and insects can be bad for occupants’ health and the environment.
- Ideally, a sustainable roof must also be waterproof and weatherproof so it is 100% safe for the inhabitants of the space. Natural thatch scores poorly on this scale, being a fire hazard.
- The color of the roof can be altered to minimize energy use, making the choice of roofing material an important one during the construction of an energy-efficient space. Always choose a material that provides a high degree of insulation, doesn’t discolour easily and can withstand high heat, wind, rain and continued exposure to the elements.
Do look at the options that the market in India offers today and choose a material that suits the location, climate, and specific requirements on your project or building. Please do get in touch for additional guidance in this regard and for information about Palmex.
Preeti Prakash | Journalist