By: Rick Shinn, Sales Representative – Architectural Products
It may seem odd, but that question has relevance when discussing Commercial Roof Insulation. Let’s face it; the average commercial roof assembly will wear out at least once in the life span of a building. And that’s just from natural wear and tear. Throw in the occasional thunderstorm, tornado, hurricane or snowstorm and the life span becomes even shorter. In my sales territory, which includes parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, it’s not unusual to hear of hail described as “baseball” or even “softball” size. You can bet that a hail storm of that magnitude will end the life of a commercial roof, even on a brand new project. So we understand that the life of a commercial roof is in constant peril, but what does that have to do with the afterlife?
Design professionals work diligently to provide a building owner with a roof assembly which will protect his or her investment from the elements, while providing insulation value to minimize the cost of heating and cooling. But when choosing a rigid insulation is any thought given to what will happen to what could amount to thousands of cubic feet of foam when a complete re-roof is needed? Will it end up six feet under (landfill), or will it be reincarnated as another useful product? In the case of Polyisocyanurate, which is not recyclable, the used insulation will ultimately end up in a land fill. So why not make a smarter choice? That’s where the 100% recyclability of Foam-Control® Expanded Polystyrene Roof Insulation comes in. Not only is it born utilizing up to 15% recycled content, after it has served its purpose providing long term thermal resistance as roof insulation, it can be reprocessed by ACH Foam Technologies or other recycling centers. This process consists of densifying the foam and shipping it to either resin manufacturers or other processors who turn it into other rigid plastic products such as clothes hangers, CD cases and plastic furniture just to name a few. The resin made from the recycled EPS can once again be used in the manufacturing of new Foam-Control® Expanded Polystyrene Roof Insulation, Foam-Control Plus+® Architectural Grade Insulation, R-Control® Structural Insulated Panels or Foam-Control® EPS Geofoam.
So let’s look at all of the advantages of Foam-Control® EPS Roof Insulation:
- High R-Value backed by a 20 Year 100% R-Value Warranty
- Lower material costs
- Superior flexibility for tapered systems
- Labor saving cricket and saddle designs (see video)
- LIFE AFTER DEATH – 100% Recyclable!