Going “Green” When it Comes to Roofing Materials
Are you worried you’re not doing enough to minimize your carbon footprint on the earth? Maybe you simply want to save money on your monthly energy bills…whatever the case might be, a good avenue for achieving these things is by choosing the appropriate roofing material. All in all, your roof has the ability to make or break the energy efficiency of your home, so it’s important to weigh the different aspects of each material, and choose the one that’s right for the environment, as well as your wallet.
Earth and Grass Roofing
Your local Florida roofing contractor may not provide this type of roofing, but it’s a wonderful eco-friendly roofing options, because it’s actually a living part of nature. Vegetation with sod, and a membrane to protect your home from moisture and soil, will help keep it cool summer and toasty in the winter.
Sustainable Wood Roofing
Wood roofing used to be made from old trees, but nowadays, you can purchase wood roofing shingles from sustainably-grown cedar. These shingles are made from cedar that is grown and harvested with the good of the environment at large, in mind. Cedar resists insects well, but on the down side, it’s susceptible to warping and fires just like any other wood.
Metal roofs were used in the olden days, but they’re definitely making a comback as a sustainable roofing option. These roofs can easily last 50 years, they are recyclable, and you can even purchase metal roofing materials that have been constructed from already-recycled metals. Metal roofing reflects heat in the summer, and they do well in the winter. Installation is easy too – simply install it over your already existing shingles, and you’re ready to go.
Ceramic Tile Roofing
Ceramic tiles are made from natural, non-toxic materials, and they’re also relatively durable. On the downside, it takes a great deal of energy to manufacture them. As long as they don’t crack though, they’ll last for quite a long time.
Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Roofing
Simply put, this material is made from concrete and various recycled fibers: steel, glass, etc. It’s an extremely durable substance, making it a low-waste option for roofing.
If you have any questions about green roofing options, or you have a problem with your roof that needs repair, don’t hesitate to contact Hercules Roofing. We’re your premier south Florida roofers!