Are you looking into a roof replacement – or building a roof on a new home – and wanting eco-friendly roofing options that will benefit the environment? No need to worry – there are plenty of choices that will have little impact, or even a positive impact, on the environment. Maybe even some that you haven’t considered or heard of yet!
Eco-Friendly Roofing Options:
- Wood Shingles: Wood shingles are a good, eco-friendly choice due to the fact that they can be recycled after they have used up their usefulness on your roof. In addition, they give your home a beautiful and natural look that’s hard to replicate with anything else. However, there are downsides to wood shingles: In Phoenix Metro the our intense sun ages them , and they don’t last long compared to other areas of the country.
- Recycled Shingles: If you want an even more eco-friendly option than new wood shingles, you can opt for shingles that are made out of recycled materials, which usually include wood fiber, rubber, and plastic. Using recycled materials is great for the environment, and they tend to be very durable as well.
- Clay Tiles: Clay tile is one of the most popular types of roof in Arizona, for a multitude of reasons. Not only does it give your home a classic look that matches the Arizonan landscape beautifully, clay tiles are recyclable (and thus eco-friendly), good for reflecting heat, and very durable.
- Metal Roofing: The reason that metal roofing is an excellent and eco-friendly choice is because the reflectiveness of the metal sheets redirects the sun’s heat away from your roof, which cools your home faster and cuts down on the amount of energy used. In addition, the metal sheets that comprise a metal roof may be able to be recycled at the end of their life. Metal roofing is also very durable, and can last upwards of 50 years if properly installed and maintained. The only downside is that it can be quite expensive to install.
- “Cool Roof”: Similar to metal roofing, “cool” roofs use materials consisting of a mixture of ceramic-coated granules which reflect the sun’s rays, and thus redirect heat away from your house, reducing the energy usage needed to cool your home. This is not only incredibly eco-friendly, it’s also great for your power bill. Reflective elastomeric coatings on flat roofs can reduce surface temperatures by more than 30 degrees. Cool roofs are growing incredibly quickly in popularity, and for good reason.
- Horticultural Roof: It may sound ridiculous, but you can actually have an entirely “green” roof! These roofs have a layer of planted vegetation above a waterproofing system on a horizontal roof, making your house not only eco-friendly, but literally green! While not everyone loves the look, especially in winter, green roofs are growing in popularity due to how environmentally-friendly and relatively low-maintenance they are. If you’re looking for eco-friendly, you can’t really do better than having live plants on your roof.
Let’s Talk Green Roofing Options
As you can see, there are many excellent options when it comes to eco-friendly roofing. So if you’re looking to replace your roof with a more “green” choice, or looking to build an environmentally-friendly roof on a new home, call Roofstar Arizona at (480)-426-1915 for a free assessment and estimate.