Energy-efficient appliances and automobiles have been all the rage for over 15 years, but your eco-friendly options don’t stop there with new green roofing products continuing to hit the market.
Environmental consciousness and green initiatives have been increasingly common issues in today’s modern world. The push to become more accountable for our actions and better caretakers of the planet has led to a boom in greener roofing options too. Going green doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank or sacrifice on curb appeal, though. Here are four options that can help you and your roof to be more environmentally conscious.
In school, most of us learned the Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. By selecting recycle shingles, you are checking off all three of these at once! Not only are they cheaper and offer an up-to 50-year lifespan, but recycled shingles can be re-recycled when your home is in need of a new roof, itself. The materials can range from plastic, rubber, or wood; and while some recycle shingles come from other homes, others come from recycling facilities. By choosing recycled shingles, you’re reducing the use of raw materials while reusing and recycling ones that are still completely viable!
This one may not be the most popular, but it’s still a roofing option that is worth taking a look at. Rubber shingles are usually made from salvaged tires, so you don’t need to be concerned with the harvesting of rubber trees. Durable and resilient to the elements, rubber shingles have a lifespan similar to that of other shingles. It’s more of a specialty item, so consult with your roofer to check on their availability in your area.
In the hot, Florida sun you’re probably thinking that metal roofing would turn your home into a toaster oven, but that’s not the case! In addition to lasting as long as recycled shingles, metal roofing materials can also be reused and/or recycled at the end of its life on your home. Incredibly efficient at insulating your home from heat, metal roofing is fire-resistant and good for collecting rainwater. Interested in going even greener and installing solar panels? Metal roofing is a stupendous choice for that too!
Reclaimed Slate and Clay Tiling
These may be a little bit harder to come by because slate and clay tiles aren’t commonly removed in the gentlest of ways from their previous homes. However, if you can get your hands on enough of them, slate and clay tiles are both natural and very aesthetically pleasing option when it comes to green roofing materials. If they’re in good shape, slate and clay tiling can last the life of your home and beyond, too! They tend to be more expensive than the other options, but finding a place for them on your home rather than in a landfill means that they won’t cause further harm to the environment and they’ll get a second-lease on life with your home!
There are a host of options in the green roofing product category today. Not all of them are for the faint of heart, but if you have a genuine interest in helping the environment and want to think outside of the box a bit, then these green roofing options are absolutely worth a long, hard look.
Want to learn more about green roofing options on the market today? Are you ready to start making up your mind, or do would you like to get a bit more input from a local, friendly roofing pro? Either way, contact us today and we’ll get you sorted!