Posts Tagged ‘timber frame’

Choosing Sustainable Roofing Materials In Gosford

Friday, June 5th, 2020

The most popular roofing materials for domestic buildings are the clay, ceramic or concrete tiles, natural or man-made slate, asphalt shingles, aluminium, coated steel, timber, reeds and long straw. The latter two are used in thatched roofs.

Sustainable roofing materials should be able to insulate your home well and prevent heat loss; protect your home from the elements, particularly water while minimising environmental impact at the same time. Click here to get more info regarding roofing materials in Gosford.

Sustainability is determined by a number of environmental factors such as the amount of energy that goes into the production of the material, the availability of the resources to produce them, the pollution caused during manufacture and supply as well as the durability and recyclability of the roofing material.

Below are a few tips that will help you choose the right materials for you:

1. Carbon footprint

Consider the amount of energy required for production and the toxicity in emissions during production. Natural materials such as natural slate, timber and reeds have a lower carbon footprint than man-made materials. Their extraction requires low amounts of energy and does not cause any pollution apart from extraction and transport.

2. Recyclability

Check that the material can be recycled at the end of your roof’s lifetime. Apart from asphalt shingles, all other materials cited above can be recycled well although coated steel poses more of a problem because of its PVC coating.

3. Recycled content

Find out if the roofing material contains any recycled material. Obviously, the higher the percentage the better as this lessens the environmental impact. Also, consider buying second-hand roof tiles.