Thanks to new technological advancements in Houston roofing, your roof does not only protect the contents of your home, but also helps you breathe easier. In fact, the technology is similar to those found in other green products. What’s more is the roofing system is self-cleaning and converts smog into fertilizer for your yard.
What is Smog?
Smog is a culmination of airborne chemicals in sunlight. Nitrogen oxide, one of the main components of smog, is a byproduct of fossil fuels, used to power our vehicles. When nitrogen oxide is released from the exhaust system it mixes and binds with other airborne chemicals in the presence of sunlight. This can be seen in the form of a haze over a city on a hot summer day. Local media measures smog in terms ozone levels and is now part of normal weather reporting in Houston.
In the last few years of Houston roofing, smog levels have set new records. According to the Amercian Lung Association smog has a deleterious effect on the human body and the ability to uptake oxygen. Smog levels also have immediate effects like shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, asthma attacks, increased risk of respiratory infections, and many others.
Smog levels affect Houston roofing and you immediately as well. Because smog limits the amount of oxygen delivered to the body, the body is unable to perform work at the same pace or rate, as it would otherwise. This means that smog increases your roof’s build time, thus increasing your costs.
Smog to Fertilizer
The real working component of the roofing system is the titanium dioxide tile coating. Titanium dioxide is a photocatalyst that oxidizes particles of fossil fuels. With sunlight exposure titanium dioxide converts pollutants into calcium nitrate, a garden fertilizer. The calcium nitrate collects on the roof and is washed away with rain, into your gutters and yard.
Over 12 months, a 2000 square foot house can convert 10,000 miles/year of your car’s emissions into garden fertilizer. Testing roofing in Houston and LA, show a 20-70% reduction in a nitrogen oxide. Additionally, the new technology costs only $600 more than traditional roofing tiles.
Roofing Houston with New Coatings
The titanium dioxide component that does that majority of work in the roofing system was originally developed in Japan and widely adopted by many European industries. Before coming to roof coatings in Houston, titanium dioxide has been used primarily in green solutions like cement, paint, and plastics. The oxidizing properties of the compound were confirmed in several studies done in 2005.
Houston is a prime area to have smog levels reduced. As fast as Texas is growing, Houston adds more and more daily drivers to the roadways. Through creative innovation local companies like Schulte Roofing are able to provide Houston roofing with automated solutions that cover your home and help you and your family breathe easier. If you would like more information on this new technology, contact Schulte Roofing today.