Over the years, the hunt for better sustainable materials has drastically intensified, including sustainable roofing. If you’re searching for ways to ‘greenify’ your building, you’ve come to the right place.
Resonating the increasing green building trends, here are the five sustainable roofing materials to consider when developing your green building.
But First, What is Sustainable Roofing?
You might be wondering what sustainable roofing is. The term ‘sustainable’ here may appear confusing as almost no roofing material is considered entirely sustainable.
So what makes a roofing material sustainable or environmentally friendly? Does this refer to the raw materials or perhaps how the roof was manufactured?
Well, the matter of sustainability here pertains to the roof’s performance during its lifespan and how it is disposed of. Some matters to consider are its overall durability, resource, resistance to heat gain, and more.
3 Sustainable Roofing Materials to Consider For Your Building
1. White Roof (Cool Roof)
Reflecting most of the sun’s rays, a cool roof refers to any roof that is white or has a light colour, regardless of the material.
For instance, COLORBOND® roofing materials with light colours such as Off White or Almond Beige have a higher Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) compared to darker colours. This means that lighter colours have a higher ability to reflect solar heat.
What’s more, using cool roof systems has the additional benefit of reducing energy costs. As its name implies, it cools the building, lowering the costs of your air conditioners and other cooling appliances.
2. Metal Roof
This sustainable roofing material is fully recyclable, long-lasting, and reflects sunlight to absorb less heat. Metal roofs, especially standing seam metal roofs, are perfect for those wishing to invest in a modern roof design with a simple aesthetic.
If you’re up for it, you can choose a metal roof made from recyclable materials. Also, metal is tremendously durable, enabling your roof to stay in top condition even after 50 years with the right maintenance, choice of material, and functionality.
3. Corrugated Roofing
Corrugated roofing is a reliable and cost-effective choice as it has high-tensile strength as well as strong impact resistance. The rigid and robust corrugated metal is also resistant to extreme weather.
With the help of modern technologies, you can choose from the many hues and styles available. Easy to install and relatively inexpensive, the roof is lightweight, energy-efficient, and durable.
Tips for Choosing Sustainable Roofing Materials
- Finding the right coating is essential in ensuring the longevity of your roof. To prevent potential structural damage and premature roof deterioration, remember to choose coated steel with a coating material that can resist rust and corrosion.
- In addition, certain roofing materials are costly to maintain and need more care than others. Choosing a material that requires minimal maintenance, such as metal, is essential to creating an energy-efficient and eco-friendly roof.
- Weight is a crucial consideration when selecting a sustainable material for your roof because sustainable roofing materials require adequate support from your building’s structure. Moreover, a heavy roof material can put the wall and columns of your building at grave risk.
Sustainable Roof and Cladding Services
At Swissma, we provide a variety of customised roofing and cladding solutions for your buildings, be it commercial, residential, industrial and more.
Backed by years of experience and a team of professionals, we manufacture and supply sustainable roofing systems that meet your design requirements. Check out our services to learn more about what we do.