By Cayden Wemple.
Finding materials that are sustainable and environmentally conscious in the roofing world are very important for keeping our planet green. On a new episode of Roofing Road Trips with Heidi J. Ellsworth, she sits down with Tom Bauer, the director of sales for Viking Products Group, to discuss the importance of circular roofing products and how they’re contributing to sustainability.
So what is a circular roofing product? The term is a relatively new one, but its popularity is increasing. Tom explains that a circular product “starts out as a recyclable raw material or product. Everything that's in it was from a waste stream. After 20, 30 years of use, that product then is able to be broken back down into the raw materials as a recyclable product and used again.”
Viking Products Group has announced a partnership with European manufacture Leadax to continue their pioneering venture in circular products. In fact, the Dutch company is already considered to be a leader in circular products. Together, they have created a flashing solvent called Leadax that is lead-free and non-toxic. “Leadax is a really unique company,” says Tom. “The Dutch delegation has won so many great things, and they're even bringing that to the U.S. for sustainability and how much of carbon off-put that they've been able to save not only in the manufacturing, but also in reducing tear off, and we are honored as Viking to bring that to the US..”
By using circular products, Tom says they’re able to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills and reduce the environmental impact of traditional roofing products. “The useful side of the Leadax powered by Leadax is really what's pushing the product, and it's also carrying through the sustainability part.”
Listen to the whole discussion here to learn more about this innovative and green product.
Cayden is a reporter for RoofersCoffeeShop, MetalCoffeeShop and AskARoofer. When he isn’t writing about roofs, he’s usually playing guitar or writing songs for his musical endeavors.
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