“Sustainability”, “Go Green”, “Eco-Friendly”
These buzz words are being thrown around more and more in the roof coating industry these days. But, how does choosing sustainable roofing products really benefit you as the contractor?
What Is A Sustainable Roof Coating System?
First of all, what does sustainability in roofing really mean? ASTM defines a sustainable roof system as “a roofing system that is designed and constructed and is maintainable throughout its service life, with an emphasis on using natural resources efficiently and preserving the environment.”
Now, let’s take a look at some of the biggest benefits to choosing a sustainable roof coating.
Oftentimes, sustainable or “green” building materials can cost more initially. But, there are long-term financial benefits that greatly outweigh the initial costs. By choosing a VOC-free roof coating, you can work on a roof without having to shut down the business below or move tenants from the building. As a result, the building owner can save thousands of dollars!
Keep Your Crew and Customers Healthy
Traditionally, roof coatings use chemicals with very high VOC content. VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) can have both short-term and long-term negative health effects. Exposure to VOCs can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat, difficulty breathing, nausea, central nervous system damage, and even cancer. Needless to say, it’s not good for the applicator, your customers, the environment, or yourself to be around. No contractor wants to be responsible for getting their crew sick! Above all, by choosing a VOC-free roof coating, you're showing your employees and customers that you value their health and safety.
Contractors are becoming increasingly aware of the negative impact building materials and methods are having on the environment. The world produces over 2 billion metric tons of solid waste per year. America ranks number one in per-capita waste. Approximately 23% of the total solid waste in the US was caused by construction and demolition waste materials. In addition, a large amount of toxic chemicals are being exposed to the surrounding environment every day. By choosing a roof system that is renewable and repairable without the use of any VOC’s, your company can help assure a clean environment for future generations.
A Better Solution
There are numerous roof coatings out there that claim to be sustainable or eco-friendly. But, they tend to lack in performance. We get it. At the end of the day, you need something that works. At Castagra, we are incredibly proud to offer Ecodur roof coating. Ecodur is not only 100% sustainable, but is also the toughest and best-performing roof coating on the market today.
Ecodur has extreme adhesion and bonds well to steel, concrete, wood, asphalt, and most roofing substrates. Plus, there is generally no need for spudding or pressure washing! There is no known limit to its lifespan and it is indefinitely repairable. It’s 100% sustainable, VOC-free, and there are no harmful chemicals used in the application process.
In conclusion, using sustainable roof coatings can save you money, keep your crew and customers safe, and help protect the environment.
Additionally, click here to learn more ways you can make your building more energy efficient.