ROOFS THAT MAKE SENSE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Are you looking for a roofing material that is durable, energy efficient, environmentally friendly and relatively affordable? Look no further. We have made intensive research and now bring to you, a range of the right eco-friendly roof and add-ons for your home and budget.

  • White Roof aka Cool Roof: This is a light colored or white roof that is made of any material, ranging from asphalt shingles to white metals. One of its most crucial features is that it cools the temperature of the roof by reflecting the rays of the sun away from the house, thereby keeping the interior of the house cool as well. Cool Roofs is also one of the least expensive Eco-friendly roofing options in the market.

Pros:

– It is relatively affordable.

– It reflects the rays of the sun away from the house, thereby keeping the interior of the house cool as well.

Cons:

– Despite the fact that it is a cool roof, its asphalt shingles type is not entirely eco-friendly. This is because asphalt shingles are made from petroleum and are nearly impossible to recycle. However, the metal roof in white will be a better option.

  • Standing Seam Metal Roof: This is a metal roof that is green in color. It is extremely durable, long lasting, light reflective and fully recyclable. It is a worthy investment for anyone. However, if you do not particularly fancy the green color of this roof, you can choose a metal roof that is made with recycled content, and that comes in a lighter color. Although it is more expensive than asphalt shingles, it is relatively cheaper than copper and slate.

metal roof installed

Pros:

– It is extremely durable and long lasting.

– It is light reflective and fully recyclable.

Cons:

– It is more expensive than asphalt shingles.

– If your house is situated in an area that experiences heavy snowfall, you must include a plan for dealing with snow. This is because it slides right off the metal roofs and potentially creates huge drifts around the perimeter of the house.

  • Sustainable Wood Shake or Shingle Roof: The natural and biodegradable wood shingles that come from sustainably managed forests are a good option if you already have your heart set on the classic look of wood shingles. However, wood shingles are highly flammable, therefore they may be restricted in some areas where the danger of fire breakouts is high. They are also somewhat expensive; the cost is almost the same with the metal roofing. They last for just about 15 to 25 years, whereas metal roofs can last 40 to 50 years.

Pros:

– Wood shingles are natural and biodegradable.

Cons:

– They are highly flammable.

– They are fairly expensive, way costlier than the asphalt shingles.

– They do not last long ( just about 15 to 25 years) when compared to metal roofs ( about 40 to 50 years).

  • Reclaimed Clay or Slate Tile Roof: The clay and slay tiles have a long history in roofing and are still highly craved for today. Nothing complements a Spanish style home better than the classic curve of red clay tiles, and slate goes a long way to enhance the look of elegant historic homes. They are natural and very durable. They are popular for being even longer lasting than metal roofs; clay and slate tiles have the ability to last up to 100 years. Clay tiles offer cool roof benefits, and can also be found in lighter colors. The salvaged tile is the best eco-friendly option because it keeps the usable tile out of landfills.

reclaimed clay roof tile

A downturn to clay and slate tiles, however, is that they are very expensive, costing twice as much per square foot as metal roofing. Tiles are also very heavy; this entails that some reinforcement of the roof is normally needed, and this adds to the cost. Regular maintenance costs are also inevitable for the replacement of chipped and broken tiles.

Pros:

– They are natural and durable.

– They are popular for being even longer lasting than metal roofs; clay and slate tiles have the ability to last up to 100 years.

– They offer cool roof benefits.

Cons:

– They are very expensive.

– Tiles are also massive; this entails that some reinforcement of the roof is generally needed, and this adds to the cost.

– Regular maintenance costs are also inevitable for the replacement of chipped and broken tiles.

  • Recycled-Content Shingle Roof: There has been a rise in the number of shingles that have recycled contents in the market today. These range from those that copy the look of cedar shakes to recycled slate looking shingles. These choices provide a pleasing lower cost alternative to the expensive slate and sustainable wood, while still offering eco-friendly benefits, such as a manufacturer’s recycling program and a fifty-year product life span. However, none of the recycled-content shingles that are available in the market today come in white color. Therefore, the cooling benefits may not be optimum, though this may change as new products are continuously being developed. You’ll want to hire the right roofing company to install architectural shingles.

Pros:

– They are eco-friendly.

– They are relatively cheaper than most of the other roofing options.

– They have a fifty-year product lifespan.

Cons:

– None of the recycled-content shingles that are available in the market today come in white color. Therefore the cooling benefits may not be optimum.

Having seen a list of our best eco-friendly roofing options, we have no doubt that you will make the right choice for your house.