When you are exploring the topic of green or eco-friendly roofing materials, there are two major factors to consider. One of them is whether the material is biodegradable and/or recyclable, or if it will spend thousands of years in a landfill when it has to be discarded at some point. Natural materials and recyclable metal roofing are eco-friendly in this regard, and the industry is doing its part by making these systems readily available. But the greenest roof, in the the long run, is going to be the roof that lasts the longest. If your roof lasts you fifty, sixty, or even a hundred years, you are doing your part for the environment. The longer it stays on top of your home, the better, both for your wallet and for the environment.
Wood shakes and shingles are very long lasting if they are properly installed and maintained, and of course they are a natural, organic material that is biodegradable if you do have to discard the roofing at some point. Metal roofing generally lasts for at least fifty years and in many cases much longer, so when you are looking for longevity as the best way to go green, it is hard to top recyclable steel, aluminum, and tin roofing. These days some of the fiberglass reinforced asphalt shingles are warrantied for up to fifty years, so the longevity is there with these systems. They are also light reflective and Energy Star rated when you select eco-friendly colors, so asphalt shingles can be a green choice as well.
Whatever material you choose, it is up to you to do all that you can to maintain your roof properly. If you have a professional roofer come out and do a regularly scheduled inspection and any maintenance or repairs that may be necessary, you can potentially add decades onto the life of your roof.
Energy conservation is the other significant point. Some roofing materials are good insulators that reflect sunlight, and these types of roofs will actually reduce consumption and lower your monthly energy bill. For flat roofs, the white PVC vinyl single membrane roofing systems do a great job of conserving energy. The EPA’s Energy Star program publishes a list of approved roofing materials and manufacturers that you can refer to as a resource. It’s nice to do your homework and have a roof installed that will actually help to pay for itself over time through lower energy costs, and you can feel good about being kind to the environment while you are saving money and increasing the value of your home.
These are a few ideas to consider if you are interested in eco-friendly roofing solutions. Longevity and reflectivity are the keys to green roofing, and here at Hercules Roofing we emphasize green building practices and use state-of-the-art, durable, long lasting, energy saving materials from the top manufacturers in the industry. If you are looking for a south Florida roofer who can save you money while you help to heal the planet, give us a call at 561-922-7702 or simply contact us through the website.