If it's time to replace your roof, your choice of roofing materials can save money and help the environment. Whether you go with recycled materials that reduce landfills or use light-reflecting materials that reduce your energy needs, your choices can affect your wallet and the environment. Read on to learn more about these methods and join the fight to reduce your ecological footprint on the earth.
Keep Your Cool
Those traditional, dark shingles that are commonly used on roofs reflect almost no light off your roof, and in fact, they absorb heat from the atmosphere and pass it on to your interior spaces and back out into the environment. You may be able to save a substantial amount, up to 15%, on your cooling bills if you live in a warm climate by switching to a cool roofing option. Cool roofing consists of either a coating on your existing roof or the use of cool roofing materials.
No Roof is an Island
In densely populated urban and suburban areas, the atmosphere above can become super-heated due to the accumulation of pavement and the density of buildings, referred to as "heat islands". You can help reduce your contribution to the heat island effect by using cool roofing materials or coatings, which can save on energy usage for the entire community and reduce greenhouse emissions.
Recycle, Reuse, Renew
What was once considered trash and destined for the dump are now being given a new purpose. Everything from rubber and plastic to wood is being recycled into roofing shingles. This waste is often the result of building demolitions, and the use of these recycled materials can help keep landfills empty and reduce the energy needs for producing new materials.
Roofing shingles made from old tires can offer a durable and long-lasting solution, especially against wind and hail damage. They also come in a wide variety of colors and textures, such as those similar to the look of slate
Metal roofing has become increasingly popular, and for good reason. These metal roofs can last up to 50 years, which can be the lifetime of a homeowner. As a bonus, metal roofs shed water in an efficient manner, allowing you to collect and reuse the rain run-off for gardening, car washing or other uses. Keep in mind that you should not use this run-off for drinking, bathing or cooking.
With these tips, you can do something positive for the environment and be budget-conscious at the same time by reducing your private use of precious resources. Discuss more environmentally-friendly roofing choices with your professional roofing contractor.
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