It’s become more popular than ever to embrace a sustainable lifestyle. Recycling paper products and commuting via bicycle can help, of course, but did you know your roof replacement can be sustainable too? When it comes to going green at home, you’ll find that there are several types of roofing materials to choose from. If you’re in need of roof replacement and want to ensure your choice is eco-friendly, read on and discover which of these roofing solutions might work best for you.
Metal roofing typically contains a significant amount of recycled materials, making it an eco-friendly choice to begin with. Metal roofs are also able to be totally recycled at the end of their long lives (which can range from 30 to 50 years in length!), so this material won’t end up as waste. Homeowners who use rainwater for their gardens can use their metal residential roofing to make their efforts easier, as well. And finally, metal roofs can lower your energy bills by absorbing less heat from the sun during the hotter months. Cool-colored metal roofing, for example, contains pigments that reflect 20-90% of heat and sunlight. That means you won’t have to crank up your AC and pay an arm and a leg for a comfortable home.
One of the greenest types of roofs for houses has to be recycled shingles, which are made from waste materials like rubber, plastic, or wood. These products can come from post-industrial waste or from clean consumer waste. Being able to reuse these materials in this way keeps them out of landfills and decreases the need for raw material processing — plus, many of these products will be recyclable after you’re done using them on your roof. You’d also never know that they’re made of waste; they’re extremely durable and some even come with fire ratings that can save you money on your insurance.
Wood shake and shingles can be a good choice as long as they have a sustainable designation. Traditionally, many options are produced with poor harvesting methods; however, FSC-certified wood shingles are grown and harvested in a way that is not deemed harmful to the environment. Alternatively, you can use shingles made from reclaimed lumber; not only will you be reusing materials from other sources, but companies that specialize in these shingles make an effort to process these shingles locally, meaning that you’ll reduce transportation energy and costs. Keep in mind that wood shingles are not an appropriate choice for homes located in areas prone to wildfires.
Slate or Clay Tiles
Clay and slate tiles are both natural and durable. They can last even longer than metal roofs (up to 100 years!), and salvaged options are still extremely coveted and even more eco-friendly. They can result in a more expensive roof replacement, however, and because they’re so heavy, they may require reinforcement or may not be suitable for certain types of homes. Still, because they last so long, it’s a good long-term investment.
Finally, there is the ultimate green roofing option: solar panel installation. We’ve talked about this topic at length in previous blog posts, but this is more than an eco-friendly choice for residential roofing; it makes your home part of the larger green energy revolution.
Whether you’re interested in low-maintenance metal roofing or want to switch out your asphalt shingles for recycled ones, these eco-friendly roof replacement options can help you reduce your carbon footprint and make your home look its best. To find out more about the green roofing options we offer, contact us today.