If you want to reduce the environmental impact of your roofing material to next to nothing, the best way to go is using materials that are both recyclable and made with previously recycled content. Here are three types that you can choose between if you want to green your re-roofing job by using super-low-impact roofing shingles. Be sure to talk to your roofing contractor about which of these might be obtainable in your area.
Rubber roofing shingles have a few downsides but also plenty of benefits. For example, they're crack resistant and hail resistant (hail just bounces off--literally) and they're made with recycled tires. In addition to being recycled and recyclable, these shingles are eco-friendly because they tend to be less resource-heavy during the recycling and manufacture process than some other materials (such as recycled metal). They come in a conveniently wide array of colors and can be made in nearly any style. They're a great option because they're more fire-resistant than wood, and they also tend to last quite a bit longer than asphalt shingles.
Concrete is a great material for eco-friendly construction uses because it can be pulverized and added to a new concrete material, such as concrete roof tiles, instead of being hauled off to the landfill. Unlike metal and rubber, it doesn't need to be heated during the recycling process. And like rubber roof tiles, concrete ones have the potential to be put to this use again when your roof is done with them. Concrete has a big advantage over rubber in terms of eco-friendliness, though, because it tends to be more naturally reflective and doesn't absorb as much heat as dark-colored rubber. This means it can help you save energy on cooling each summer.
Metal can be recycled over and over again, like concrete. It does require melting down, though. However, like concrete and rubber roofing, metal roofing can last much longer than asphalt shingles do. And it's even more reflective than concrete. Another great benefit of metal roofing is that if you choose standing seam roofing, you can easily install solar panels without making any holes on the roof (they just attach to the seams), which is another eco-friendly bonus.
As you can see, you have plenty of options where a near-zero-impact roof is concerned. You can choose whichever option fits your budget, your sense of style, and your house's decor style.
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18 May 2017
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