One of the most commonly asked questions about our commercial roofing is, “Is my roof green?” The simple answer is… if you’re asking the question, the answer is probably, “No.” Whether your roof is green or not depends largely on how you define the word, “green.” As it pertains to commercial roofing, there are a wide range of industry terms, acronyms, organizations, products and certifications that should be considered, all of which have merit and some of which will be mentioned below. In the end, however, your green philosophy should combine some measure of energy efficiency, lifespan, or sustainability of the roofing system, and should weigh the overall impact of the system and its components on the environment.
The qualities of a green roof
- Energy efficiency: The R-Value of your roofing system is a measure of its thermal resistance. Certain insulations and coatings can increase your roof’s R-Value, resulting in increased cost-efficiency when heating or cooling your building. Additionally, numerous tax deductions are available to buildings that meet ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007.
- Sustainability: Buildings seeking LEED certification must have all aspects of their architectural systems, products, and maintenance evaluated to yield “LEED credits” which are applied toward certification. Incorporating the LEED standard into your structure can help to prolong its life. As all builders know, maintaining a roof is paramount to the health of your structure, its occupants, and the surrounding area.
- Environmental impact: The phrase “environmentally friendly” has saturated the marketplace, especially in the commercial roofing and construction industries. To ensure a truly environmentally friendly building, you should utilize products that are specifically designed to decrease negative impacts on the environment, such as cool roof materials, membranes, and vegetative roofs.
The most important thing to remember when selecting a roofing system is to choose the system that best suits your application: high traffic, high-rise, high wind, and so forth. Sherriff-Goslin’s commercial roofing division prides itself on its ability to guide clients toward making informed decisions that will have a positive impact on their building’s roof. We firmly believe that installing affordable, durable roofing systems and living up to the varied definitions of “green” can be achieved.