Saturday, 16 April 2011

Euroshield - rubber roof tiles

'EuroSlate' product (image:
Looking through this blog, you may think I'm a big fan of roofing products (there will be a blog entry on green roofs in the near future too...), but actually it's just coincidence that I have come across some quite green and innovative products recently which I want to share.

So, today I came across a company called Euroshield. They are manufacturers of eco-friendly roofing since their products are made from recycled rubber tyres. The company aim is to make better use of old disposed off tyres. There are 3 types of roofing product:

EUROSLATE (see image at the top) - this product is designed to imitate the traditional slate tile

EUROSHAKE - as can be seen from the image below, this product is meant to resemble a wooden roof (and does a pretty good job of it too!)

'EuroShake' product (image:

EUROTILE - and this product is meant to imitate concrete tiles

'EuroTile' product (image:

According to the website, a typical domestic roof would be made out of approximately 600-1000 rubber tyres and these can be upto 85% recycled material. The product comes across as being better than other roofing products since it is more lightweight, due to the rubber materiality it also provides better thermal and good sound insulation when compared with traditional roofing tiles/ slates. Alongside these qualitites the product also provides fire protection and it is said to be more durable.

Euroshield are based in North America (it's not clear where the head office is from the website) but according to their website they have projects worldwide and the product is suitable for both hot and cold climates. I'm guessing the product is manufactured across the pond, and so far I haven't found a similar product which is produced in the UK, or mainland Europe (although I haven't looked hard enough yet!)

I like the concept behind the product and I think it has proved its worth since the company has been building roofs for over 10 years. But I just wonder what amount of energy is put into recycling these tyres, although in the end the tyres will simply end up on a landfill site if they are not recycled in some way. This is a great solution since I guess the product can then be re-used for a further 20-30 years.