While other roofing materials – particularly petroleum-based and fossil-fuel dependent asphalt shingles – clog landfills, concrete and clay tile’s longevity reduces the need for reroofing. But when the time comes to replace a tile roof, it’s helpful to remember that concrete and clay tiles are mineral-based, nontoxic, and can be reused in manufacturing.
California’s Integrated Waste Management Board estimates the U.S. produces 11 million tons of waste asphalt roofing shingles annually, largely due to re-roofing. Approximately two-thirds of roof shingles in the United States are made of asphalt, the Northeast Recycling Council estimates. Discarded asphalt shingles take up landfill space and pollute the environment, releasing carcinogenic hydrocarbons into the ground, according to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.
Manufactures have produced roof tile products that have been green for decades in the U.S. and for generations worldwide. TRI Producer Members are committed to using naturally available materials which mitigates the negative impact to the environment and emphasizes conservation and energy efficiency. Concrete and clay roof tile is inherently sustainable. The durable lifecycle of tile roofs – from beginning to end – meets the needs of the present without compromising those of the future.
TRI Producer Members are also committed to reducing the total amount of greenhouse gases produced – from the environmentally conscious manufacture of the product; to the plant to market transport radius; to the ultimate re-use and recyclability – thereby minimizing the carbon footprint. While on the roof, concrete tile reabsorbs up to 20 percent of carbon dioxide emissions and energy efficient installation techniques minimize heating and cooling costs.