When you need your roof replaced, you are going to want to weigh your different options. It helps to know all your options before making a decision. New construction products are continuously being released into the market, that make energy efficient and eco-friendly homes a reality.
1 – Metal Roofing
One of the most common eco-friendly roofs is metal roofing. They can be made using recycled or new materials. Metal roofs have reflective properties that keep the sun’s rays from being absorbed into the home. This makes it possible to rely less on expensive air conditioning saving energy and your money.
Metal roofs can stand up to nearly anything mother nature throws at them, so you’ll find that they come with 30 to 50-year warranties, and often outlast that with lifespans of 40 to 70 years. Metal roofs are not without weaknesses. Extreme hail or falling branches could dent a metal roof. Metal roofs have a long life expectancy and come in wide assortments of styles and colors making them very versatile. Metal shingles are also an available option for those looking for the traditional shingles aesthetic with the eco-friendly aspect of metal roofing.
Because they’re largely made of recycled material and can be recycled again and again, metal roofs are considered a more sustainable choice than asphalt shingles. Metal roofs are also more energy-efficient thanks to their reflective qualities, which can block heat transmission to the home’s interior. Specialized paint coatings can further reduce your cooling bills.
2 – Clay Tiles
Clay tiles are another eco-friendly roofing option. Clay tiles come in a variety of colors and styles. They are eco-friendly and energy-efficient. They do not keep hot air trapped but allow hot air to circulate. Clay tiles are relatively low-maintenance and can be easily replaced or repaired if broken.
Unfortunately, installation can be difficult initially. Clay tiles are heavy and additional support may be necessary so that the home does not collapse or give in under the weight of the tiles.
3 – Slate Tiles
Slate tiles are an exceptionally durable and environmental friendly roofing option. The slate tiles offer an elegant appearance, long life and fire resistance. Special tile coasting can be applied to help make your slate roof even more energy-efficient.
Slate roofs are difficult to install and require an experienced professional so it is done correctly. Extra structural support may be required to install your slate roof safely.
3 – Light Shingles
Light-colored roofs naturally reflect sunlight off of your house, for a more energy efficient option. Light-colored roofs decrease your electricity usage during the summer months. Light shingles are similar in price to regular, darker shingles, making this one of the least expensive eco-friendly roofing options.
Light shingles are not completely eco-friendly. If the shingles are made from asphalt then they are petroleum based and impossible to recycle. A metal roof or metal shingles would be a better option if you are truly focused on finding an environmentally friendly option.
There are a lot of benefits to picking environmentally friendly roofing materials for your home. Environmentally friendly roof solutions tend to be more durable and last longer than your traditional shingles. Your investment will last longer than the average roofing option. Eco-friendly options are typically more energy efficient and help our environment, since it keeps our homes cooler and cuts down our reliance on appliances.
Since there are many different options for environmentally friendly roofing materials, you should look carefully into your options before making a final decision. Alternative Roofing Solutions can walk you through the process of replacing or repairing your roof, so that it is stress free. We offer several environmentally friendly options so give us a call today to learn more!