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  • Benefits of Membrane Roofing on New York City Buildings

    Benefits of Membrane Roofing on New York City Buildings

    When it comes to roofing, it seems like there are a million types to choose from - shingles, tile, metal, slate, membrane, even vegetated. It can be difficult to sift through all of the information and reach a conclusion about which one is the right choice for your building. Today, we are talking specifically about membrane roofing and its benefits for buildings in the city that never sleeps.

    What is Membrane Roofing?

    Membrane roofing is a roofing system that eliminates the formation of pools of water on flat and low slope roofs. Unlike sloped roof designs with layers of roof shingles or tiles, flat and low slope roofs have a difficult time removing water from their surfaces alone. This system is typically a single layer membrane with no seams that moves water away from areas on the roof where it would otherwise collect.

    Types of Membrane Roofing

    There are many types of membrane roofing used for flat and low slope roofs. The most popular are:

    • Built-up roofing
    • Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM)
    • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
    • Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO)

    How Membrane Roofing Can Benefit Buildings in NYC

    New York receives its fair share of rain and snow every year. The average rainfall every year is 47 inches, while the average snowfall is around 25 inches. That is more than enough precipitation to cause significant damage if it lingers on rooftops. Since most roofs on existing buildings in the city have flat roofs, this could be a real risk if the wrong roofing system is chosen.

    Whether your building is new or old, it is important to consider a roofing system that effectively moves water off the roof top year-round. Membrane roofing was created specifically for the types of rooftops that make up New York City’s skyline.

    Scott Henson Architect has completed many roof replacement and repair projects, and has knowledge of best practices when it comes to choosing a manufacturer or contractor. For more information, contact us today.

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  • Benefits of Sustainable Architecture

    Benefits of Sustainable Architecture

    Every day we hear about the negative implications of climate change as pollution levels continue to rise and our carbon footprint increases in size every year.

    To combat this, you might consider taking the train to work instead of driving. If it's convenient, you may separate your paper and plastics in the recycling bin. You might even be persuaded to buy a fuel-efficient car. But it's time to think bigger and consider investing in sustainable architecture as a way to greatly reduce the negative effects of climate change.

    Environmental Impacts

    Many people are unaware of just how much buildings negatively impact the environment. In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that buildings in the United States contributed to 38.9 percent of the nation's total carbon dioxide emissions, including 20.8 percent from the residential sector and 18.0 percent from the commercial sector. 

    Sustainable architecture focuses on building more efficiently by minimizing the footprint of the development site, using local and sustainable materials and incorporating more efficient mechanical systems, ultimately to minimize a building’s overall impact on the environment.

    Shifts in Behavior

    Sustainable architecture has the potential to change the way society views the environment. It is a well-known fact that architecture is able to shape our perspective and shift the cultural norm.

    For example, a building owner can construct a traditional roof, but he or she might also want to consider a green roof with amenities for tenants. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, but there are property resale benefits as well. Make the green option the attractive option.

    At Scott Henson Architect, we take pride in architectural sustainability. With knowledge in design, preservation, construction and more, let us help you build with an environmentally conscious mindset. Please contact us today!

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