Environmentally friendly roofing materials

If you like to contribute to environmental health and sustainability, then making environmentally conscious rooftop decisions is a great way to continue this dynamic pastime. Fortunately, there are many options for an environmentally friendly roof system. Your choice depends on your personal preferences, budget and other factors.

By talking to a professional roof contractor, you can learn about all the eco-friendly roof options that best match the unique needs of your home. You can also review many possibilities in advance to prepare for the final decision.

Read on to learn about some of the most common and well-known environmentally friendly roofing materials, as well as some tips for improving energy efficiency.

Environmentally friendly roof:

The most common environmentally friendly roof systems include some of the most popular roof systems in the commercial and residential markets. These systems are listed below along with their quality for the environment and the surrounding ecosystem. This list includes asphalt shingles, metal, clay tiles, concrete tiles, slate, sawdust, fiber cement and recycled roofs.

Asphalt shingles – This is one of the most cost effective and most common choices for residential roofs. They are considered to be the least attractive and not as long as other roofing materials, but they are made of natural materials that make them completely environmentally friendly.

metal – Metal is 100% recyclable and can be reprocessed over and over again. Recycling metals reduces the need for more mining and reduces the rate of consumption of natural deposits. Old metal roofs are still useful and valuable, and can be used endlessly. Steel and lightweight aluminum are the most common metals used in metal roofing.

slate – Slate is a natural element of the earth and is very durable. It lasts for a long time, but it is expensive. This is one of the more attractive roof options. Slate is also 100% decomposable and recyclable.

clay – Clay tile roofs are known in the industry as "terracotta pottery". They are made from natural resources, mainly clay and water, 100% natural. However, you must choose the coating carefully, as they will be slightly toxic if they flow into natural water sources.

specific – Concrete bricks are similar to clay bricks in terms of eco-friendliness and natural ingredients. Concrete is made of natural aggregates such as cement, stone, gravel and sand.

Wooden shake – Wood is a natural element from trees that makes it 100% environmentally friendly and environmentally safe. Cedar is the most common material used for wood rocking roof systems, but other types of wood are often used. Be sure to choose FSC certified wood.

Fiber cement – Fiber cement board is an excellent green roof choice because it consists mainly of cement and cellulose fibers, both of which are biodegradable.

Recycled roof – The use of recycled products is an excellent environmentally friendly operation and the roof system is no exception. Plastic and rubber roofs are recyclable and can be made to resemble high-end materials such as wood shakes and tiles.

Other tips:

  • Look for materials with high levels of recycled content.
  • Avoid using copper and zinc coatings.
  • Avoid using materials that require chemicals for maintenance.
  • Choose a light-colored roof in a hot climate to increase solar reflectance.

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