What is the Rubber Roof?
Typical roofing materials include steel, asphalt shingles, stone and wood, all in various forms. These materials require varying degrees of materials, and have differing levels of durability. A composite roof shake offers a superior formulation, which includes recycled tire rubber. It looks like traditional cedar shakes, but is more durable and keeps scrap tires from being buried in a landfill.
How do we use it?
Enviroshake shingles cover our animal ambassador spaces on sloped roof surfaces. Made from 95% recycled materials including used tires, these durable shingles have not required any maintenance since installation in 2002. This has resulted in a 2/3 reduction in the lifecycle cost compared to cedar shakes, while contributing to Materials and Resources category credits within our LEED Gold certification because of their recycled content.
How does it make us more sustainable?
Landfills are filling up quickly as a result of the waste generated from our day to day lives – from household garbage to industrial and commercial waste. The materials that are being buried should be seen as resources and inputs into other processes and products. Building products like the Enviroshake and the NRT ProFit athletic flooring in our staff fitness facility help divert 12 million tires from landfills every year in Ontario.