Why You Should Absolutely Buy Eco-friendly Roof Tiles for your Roofing Project
It is an undisputable fact that our environment is in dire straits and has now become the responsibility of everybody to do their best to ensure that damage to the environment is reduced. It is no longer only the domain of large corporations to bring about change. Change is brought about by a collection of single individuals who are all committed to living the change they want to see and using environmentally safe materials, introducing effective waste management practices, green manufacturing processes and re-useable or sustainable products all go a long way towards reducing the carbon footprint.
This goes for all spheres of life and all industries, and the building and construction industry is one industry where real changes can be made to prepare for better sustainability. Environmentally friendly building and construction materials make a huge difference, especially when it comes to the disposal of leftovers or the tearing down and disposal of the building at a later stage. Eco-friendly roof tiles provide a great alternative to the old roofing materials in many ways. Environmental legislation now also prohibits the use of damaging building materials and those who don’t toe the line may be in for an expensive surprise.
When it comes to assessing the environmental impact of a product it is necessary to look at the lifecycle of the product. Four stages should be examined in terms of impact – the raw materials used to create the product, the impact of the manufacturing processes, the service lifetime of the product, and the impact of disposing it at the end of the lifecycle, for instance, the possibility of it being re-used or recycled.
When it comes to roof tiles we have to look at all these phases in order to determine which product is more suitable when we want to buy eco-friendly roof tiles. During all the phases of the lifecycle tiles interact with its environment on many different levels, and each of these interactions and impacts has to be carefully examined in order to find out more about the eco-acceptability of the tile.
Environmental Impact of a Roof Tile
When you need to buy eco-friendly roof tiles, we have to consider the following:
- Type and Availability of Raw Materials, Manufacturing processes and Distribution: Clay and concrete tiles require sand, limestone or clay to be quarried. If these materials are sourced locally it reduces the carbon footprint of distribution, and both sand and limestone are found fairly easily on a local level. While it is relatively simple to source, the product itself combines products found naturally, which means it is harmless to dispose of in a natural setting. Manufacturing processes may include the use of water and emissions during the firing of the tiles, but with new computer modelling and industry developments in the tile manufacturing arena the use of recycled water and lower emissions are possible. Recycled tiles are even used in some manufacturing processes to make it a healthier roofing option.
- Service life and longevity: Concrete tiles have very long lifespans because they are very hardy and durable; it is possible for them to be effective for up to sixty years or even longer. The way the tile interacts with the environment is important and it is vital that it reduces the need for insulation materials while increasing the ability to control temperature inside the building to reduce the requirement of climate control throughout the structure. Most people want to buy eco-friendly roof tiles because they manage heat very well and are particularly suited to the South African climate. They require less use of insulation, temperatures are kept more in check, and it is even possible to design the roof in a way that it collects and provides rainwater for a variety of applications as concrete and tiles do not contain materials that can increase toxicity through run-off.
- Disposal and end of life: When roof tiles eventually have to be disposed of, they can easily be repurposed or re-used; they are often used for landscaping, the creation of other structures, gravel for roads, or even the building of retaining walls. If disposed of it doesn’t harm the environment and it can be reprocessed into other materials.
When considering all of the above it is easy to see why you should buy eco-friendly roof tiles for your building project. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, but increased temperature control results in lower utility bills and reduced use of natural resources. Speak to our experts at Marley Roofing about the variety of green roofing solutions we have available today – and help to save our environment!