Living an eco-friendly lifestyle appeals to millions of consumers. This is evidenced in the movement towards plastic bans (bags and straws), recycling, and installing programmable thermostats. They also typically choose environmentally friendly and/or energy saving products. Many of today’s homeowners look for sustainable roofing materials as well.
If you’re in need of a new roof, here are three eco-friendly roofing options to consider.
Metal roofs are a great investment because of their longevity – they can last 50 years or more. This doesn’t even begin to account for them being eco-friendly. Not only can they be made from recycled content, and fully recycled after their useful life, but their construction reflects heat. This can help keep energy costs down. Choosing a lighter color material often yields the best results.
Even more durable than metal, slate tiles can still be seen today on many historic homes, as they are designed to last upwards of 100 years. This longevity is one of the many reasons why homeowners choose slate over other materials. Additional advantages include beauty and fire resistance. Reclaimed or salvaged slate tile roofing materials are your greenest option. Like metal, light colors will reflect heat.
It’s hard to beat the appearance of wood. However, to ensure you’re getting a green product, you’ll want to look for wood that has been sourced from sustainable managed forests. These products will be FSC-certified. The downside to cedar shakes and other types of wood shingles is that they are not very fire resistant and aren’t very durable. They will typically need to be replaced after 15-20 years.
Roofing is not a do-it-yourself project. It’s a job for highly skilled, licensed, and insured professionals only! A professional roofer is the only one who can ensure proper installation of your new roofing material. Jenesis Roofing is a woman-owned and locally operated roofing company that has been providing customers with high quality roofs for more than 16 years.