One of the leading roofing manufacturers in Virginia and elsewhere in North America, GAF, recently rolled out a new product labeling scheme that should make it easier for homeowners to find environment-friendly roofing options. According to ThomasNet News, this new set of guidelines adheres to the US Green Building Council’s LEED® v4 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating scheme for green materials. GAF was later awarded with a NSF-ISO compliant Type III Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) certification for this new development.
However, the EPD certificate only applies to some of the manufacturer’s roofing membrane products which, as it turns out, aren’t typically used for residential properties. Luckily, households can explore other eco-friendly roofing options. For example, a trusted Fairfax, VA roofing contractor like Mid Atlantic Construction of Virginia & Maryland can offer roofing products like metal and cedar shakes—materials that don’t really require an LEED rating or an EPD certificate to prove their usefulness.
Cedar shakes are harvested from a renewable resource, which means they aren’t really manufactured per se. As such, the production of cedar shakes consumes less energy and releases fewer pollutants as compared to the manufacturing processes for other roofing materials. Once installed, cedar shakes provide adequate natural insulation and help households reduce their energy bills. On top of that, old cedar shakes can be recycled and repurposed rather than simply discarded.
Meanwhile, metal has long been considered as one of the best roofing materials due to its beauty, durability, and affordability. In addition, metal roofs deflect rather than absorb sunlight, which should also help reduce a household’s energy bill. Metal roofing is so useful that most contractors for roofing in Fairfax, Leesburg, or elsewhere in Virginia offer it as a standard option to their clients. Some contractors even say that roof repairs in their area are kept to a minimum, thanks to the durability of metal roofs.
In any case, it pays to work with expert roofing contracts who are trained to install some of the more advanced, NSF-ISO certified roofing products that can enable any household to do its part in saving the environment.
(Article Information and Image fromGAF Announces Health Product Declarations for GAF TPO Roofing and Insulation and Environmental Product Declarations at 2013 Greenbuild® International Conference and Expo, ThomasNet News, November 01, 2013)