Naturally, every homeowner wants the perfect roof. They want a roof adds curb appeal and value to their home. They want a roof that will be durable and last for many years. And they want a roof that won't cost too much. In recent years, there's a new criteria for many when selecting a new roof. People are interested in roofs that are environmentally friendly. As is the nature of things, when demand increases so does supply. Today there are many roofing options available for those interested in living green.
Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular roofing material in large part because asphalt shingles are typically the least expensive option. Innovations in asphalt shingle technology have made them more durable and longer lasting which means they are more green. Furthermore, asphalt shingles can be made from recycled materials. You can also ask your roofer if they recycle your old asphalt shingles.
Cedar shakes are a less popular roofing choice because they require a lot more maintenance. However, wood shakes can give your home a more natural appearance. If you're concerned about their environmental-friendliness, ask whether the wood was sustainably harvested. Also ask about any chemicals that may have been used to treat the wood shakes such as fire retardants or preservatives as water runoff from your roof could carry these chemicals with it.
A metal roof might not be the first thing you think about when you think of green roofing options but metal roofs can be made from recycled materials. Additionally, metal roofs will last a long time and when they do need to be replaced, they can be recycled.
Clay and concrete tiles
Like metal roofs, clay and concrete tiles are very long lasting and durable. A high quality tile roof can last a lifetime. By not needing to replace your roof every 15-20 years you reduce your carbon footprint. If you can afford the high cost, clay or concrete tiles are a great choice.
When it comes to durability, slate is the king of all roofing materials. A slate roof is sure to outlast you. A good slate roof can last 100 years. For a green option, consider a salvaged slate roof.
The ultimate roofing option for those concerned about the environmental effects is a green roof or vegetative roof. A layer of soil and vegetation are placed atop a waterproof underlayment. Green roofs reduce pollution from water runoff.
Green roofs can also reduce the urban heat island effect.
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