Eco-Friendly Roofing Options

Asphalt shingles aren't your only option. Whether wood, metal, or rubber, you can choose from a variety of durable and eco-friendly roofing materials.

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    If you want to go with eco-friendly roofing, consider its recycled material content, how long it will last, and whether it can be reused.
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    When this standing-seam metal roof is no longer in service (after about 50 years!), the metal can be recycled.
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  • slate roof
    Slate roofs can last hundreds of years with proper maintenance.
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  • recycled shake roof
    Although this may look like a rustic shake roof, the shingles are made of 100 percent recycled material.
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    Even though it’s not white, this is a “cool roof” designed to reflect heat.
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Most homeowners have to replace their roof shingles at some point. Exposed to sunlight, heat, cold, rain, wind, and sometimes snow, sleet and hail, conventional asphalt shingle roofs last 20 years, if you’re lucky.

If you’d like a roof that will outlast a conventional asphalt shingle roof and is made from eco-friendly roofing materials, consider the products outlined here. Many of them are virtually immune to hail. Green roofing products are many and varied, ranging from recycled-plastic shingles to recycled-metal roofs to sustainably harvested or reclaimed wood roofs. The best option for your home depends on the design of your home, local building codes, and price considerations.

Recycled Shingles

Among the most popular — and perhaps the “greenest” — of all roofing products are shingles made from recycled waste materials, such as plastic, rubber, or wood fiber. Some products are made from clean post-consumer waste (waste from homes), others from post-industrial waste (factory waste). Recycled-content shingles are amazingly durable, and they look nice, too. You’d never know they were made from “waste” materials!

Recycled-content roof shingles help divert waste from landfills and reduce our need to extract and process raw materials, which lowers energy consumption and reduces pollution. Some of these products are recyclable, too, and many come with amazing 50-year warranties. A few even carry fire ratings that could lower your insurance rates.



Wood Shingles and Shakes

In many parts of the country, wood shingles and shakes have long been a popular choice among builders and homeowners. Unfortunately, conventional wood shingles are made from old-growth western cedar. Although the amount of energy it takes to produce this product is relatively low, the harvest of old-growth trees is not sustainable in the long run. These shingles are also quite combustible and can no longer be used in areas where there is a risk of brush and forest fires.

If you would like to install wood roof shingles and local building codes permit them, consider a product made from reclaimed lumber. The Armster Reclaimed Lumber Co. in Connecticut, for example, makes roof shingles using wood reclaimed from mills, bridges, old water and wine tanks, and a number of other sources. This company acquires old wood throughout the country and makes an effort to process it locally — close to where you purchase the product — to reduce costs and transportation energy.

Cory
7/13/2018 12:14:34 PM

Try https://corepropertysolutions.ca we deal with white environmentally friendly duro-last products which are approved by the City of Toronto for their incentive program. With a white roof you can reduce your AC and electricity bill as well during summer months. We also offer a 25 year warranty which covers all repairs and maintenance. So we would rather do the job correctly the first time. Visit https://www.instagram.com/core.property.solutions.inc/ to see some of the jobs or visit https://corepropertysolutions.ca


JerryWelker
12/4/2017 4:31:23 PM

I totally agree with your post metal roofing should be your choice it's because of the durability itself.If you are looking for the best highest quality metal roofing and metal siding available in Oklahoma City or anywhere in Oklahoma.Try to visit http://www.okmetalroofing.com/


JerryWelker
12/4/2017 4:31:15 PM

I totally agree with your post metal roofing should be your choice it's because of the durability itself.If you are looking for the best highest quality metal roofing and metal siding available in Oklahoma City or anywhere in Oklahoma.Try to visit http://www.okmetalroofing.com/







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