A greener choice in roofing
A Gerard pressed steel roof is an environmentally friendly choice. It’s lighter than concrete or clay roofing, which means transportation is more energy-efficient. It requires less framing support, which saves resources. And it’s made from steel, which is endlessly recyclable.
During the Fletcher Building Roof Tile Group’s first two Sustainability Fortnights Gerard Roofs’ people planted 2767 trees.
Transporting steel tile requires less energy
Concrete and clay tiles can be bulky and heavy. One houselot would require one average-size truck for transport. The same truck could carry enough Gerard pressed steel roofing for about 10 homes, using less energy (and therefore less carbon) to transport.
A lightweight roof requires less framing timber
Compared to a concrete tile roof, a pressed steel roof doesn’t require as much framing support. On average, a roof can require as much as an extra $2000 worth of framing materials and $1000 more in labour costs.
Steel can always be recycled
Steel is the most eco friendly material in the world. In fact it can be recycled infinitely, without losing any of its qualities. So when a Gerard roof reaches the end of its useful life, it doesn’t need to end up in landfill. It can be re-worked into another steel product.
Facts about recycling steel
Steel is 100% recyclable - its form can be changed infinitely without any of its qualities being lost.
Due to its magnetic properties, steel is easy to separate from waste streams, enabling high recovery rates.
The by-products arising from steel production are all reused. For example, slag is employed as a high-value mineral material for highway construction, as ballast, and for the manufacture of cement.