Smog from automotive emissions and industrial facilities leads to respiratory disease worldwide. To counter this, 3M™ created roofing shingles that break down smog particles. Rainfall can wash them away, thereby reducing pollution. Malarkey Roofing incorporates this innovation in all its shingles. Northern Pacific Roofing Inc. is a certified Malarkey roofing contractor. Here, we explain how these roofing shingles reduce smog.
How It Works
3M’s roofing granules contain a photocatalytic coating applied to the base mineral. The sun’s UV rays activate the specialized coating on the granule. This generates radicals that transform nitrogen oxide into water-soluble ions. This improves air quality and mitigates pollution.
Improving the Climate
Roofing shingles with 3M smog-reducing granules reduce smog pollutants in the environment. The granules integrate into the asphalt shingle surface at a set percentage. They blend with standard color granules to form the shingle color design pattern. A photocatalytic coating in the granules releases radicals when activated by the sun. These radicals transform smog into water-soluble nitrate (NO3) ions that the rain can wash away.
Improving Lives and Health
Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2018 for Sustainability & Social Good include 3M Smog-reducing granules. 3M strives to improve air quality and public health through science. Improving the climate addresses the important problem of health problems caused by air pollution. First introduced for residential roofing, this product is now available for commercial roofing too.
Northern Pacific Roofing, Inc. is a commercial roofing expert and a certified Malarkey Emerald Premium Contractor. Malarkey Roofing Products is the premier manufacturer of building materials in North America. Their mission is to deliver innovative and performance-driven products. When you choose Northern Pacific Roofing, Inc., you’re working with two companies, and both provide quality products and services. We serve residents of San Francisco, San Rafael, Petaluma and nearby locations in CA. Call us today at (888) 919-8539.