submitted by Gary Selleck, owner of C and C Family Roofing
Contractors take a lot effort looking for ways to separate themselves from their competitors in order to get a competitive edge. Product knowledge, ratings with Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List and factory training through manufacturers are all ways for companies to project themselves above the others.
But with people making a more concerted effort to by environmentally friendly, contractors are using this as an opportunity not only to get a competitive edge but also be more responsible to the environment.
“Green Building” design and construction is the opportunity to use our resources more efficiently, while creating healthier and more energy-efficient homes.
Green building is an attempt to leave a lighter footprint on the environment through conservation of resources, while at the same time balancing energy-efficient, cost-effective, low-maintenance products for our construction needs.
Here are a few of the more practical “Green Building” application that roofing and siding contractors are using when remodeling homes:
- Using products such as cement board siding and ridge-vent material and underlayment’s for roofing that are produced using recycled materials.
- Using reflective products such as coatings and reflective shingles that reduce the “Heat Island Effect” on the ozone.
- Using local companies for their materials to reduce fuel consumption and residual effect on the environment.
- Disposal of construction debris through recycling reducing waste and pollution at landfills.
When choosing a contractor for your remodeling needs ask them if they are employing any of these practices. Select a company that is not only good at their trade but is also environmentally conscience.
The practices we use today will impact our future far more then we realize.