At some point, many homeowners find themselves having to replace their home’s roofing because of weather damage or wear and tear over the years. Depending on where a homeowner lives, their roof has endured various weather conditions from heat, sunlight, rain, wind, cold, snow, sleet, and hail, which all take a toll on a roofing material.
When homeowners are looking to have their roof updated, they tend to select a roofing material that is sturdy, affordable, and environmentally friendly. There are many forms of eco-friendly roofing material options to choose from to meet a homeowner’s budget and design of their home. It’s wise to remember that not all roofing material is created to work for every roofing situation. Every environmentally friendly roofing option is unique but does come with some advantages and disadvantages. Finding the right eco-friendly roofing material for your house will depend on a few circumstances, but to help you become more informed on your options, here is a list of different environmentally friendly roofing choices, including knowledge you should be aware of each material selection.
Clay tiles are a great choice for eco-friendly roofing material. Clay tile roofing is an entirely recyclable material and has a great reputation for long-lasting and comes in various colors and styles. Plus, this roofing material is energy-efficient as the tile is known to create an air-cushion above and below the tile to protect the home from harsh cold and heat temperatures. Clay tiles are typically a low-maintenance roofing option, and if the tile becomes damaged or breaks, clay tiles are fairly easy to replace. One noted point to be aware of when choosing environmentally friendly clay tiles is that the installation cost can be expensive, and the initial installation can be complex. This price and initial install difficulty are because clay tiles are heavy, and additional structural support will need to be installed to prevent the roof from collapsing or bowing under the clay tiles’ added weight.
This environmentally friendly roofing material is also known as “White Roof” due to its light color or white-colored appearance within the material. The roofing material’s color offers a cooling effect on a house as it reflects the heat from the sunlight. The cool roof material consists of a mixture of white gravel and white glue, which can reflect the sun’s rays, ultimately reducing the heat that enters the home. Cool or white roof material has a great advantage to help lower the high electrical bills in the summer as a home’s AC unit will not be running as much to cool down the home. Cool roofs are only worth the purchase if you live in areas exposed to a lot of sunlight and heat. However, if cool roofs are installed in areas that receive high humidity with high temperatures, the roof’s chance of having mold growth is more likely to occur. With mold growing on cool roof material, it can damage and diminish the look of the roof.
Corrugated roofing is a durable and eco-friendly roof material option. This type of roofing is strong and can withstand many forms of harsh weather climates. Corrugated roofing a metal-based material and comes in different styles and colors. With the advanced technologies, manufacturers have the ability to create various designs of the corrugated roofing material. Corrugated roofing has a unique look, very lightweight, and is extremely easy to maintain. This roofing material is installed with an exposed fastener system, which involves the screws that hold the corrugated panels to the house frame are exposed to the weather. An advantage of exposed fastener panel roofing is the system can be installed easily and quickly. The disadvantage of this roofing option will require a roof inspection every three to five years. The inspection is to check and ensure that the screws are undamaged and are still tight. The cost of corrugated roofing can vary depending on the metal material used and the design chosen.
One real environmentally friendly roof option is found in turning a roof into an actual garden. Instead of using actually roof tiles or shingles, some homes in certain areas can turn their rooftops into a living or green garden roof. A green or living roof is the most eco-friendly option and has a longer lifespan. Plus, this eco-friendly roofing option supports the overall air quality in and around the home and increases the home thermal efficiency. Of course, this type of roof option can’t be a choice in various areas. A few disadvantages of a green roof are it requires a lot of maintenance, can be costly to set up, and will require the home to be prepped to hold the weight of the living roof as it weighs more than traditional roofing material. Although there are a few setbacks for cost, maintenance, and may not be appropriate for every home, green roofs provide many environmental benefits that may be perfect for your home type.
Metal roofs or standing-seam metal is a popular eco-friendly roofing selection that is long-lasting, reflects sunlight, and is a pure recyclable material. Similar to a cool or white roof, metal roof tiles or sheets contain reflective properties that defer sunlight away from the home. A great benefit that helps keep a house cool during warm seasons and provides a way to lower electrical bills. Metal roofs come in various styles, metal materials, which provide an adaptable option for any home. More importantly, a metal roof is fire-resistant, handles great in various weather conditions, and has a long life expectancy of up to 50 years. This environmentally friendly roofing option has outstanding benefits and is a great investment but is not inexpensive. One drawback of having a metal roof is that it is noisy during certain weather storms like heavy rain or hail. Plus, if you live in areas that endure many hail storms, this type of weather can damage and dent the metal material, which is not easy to repair.
Another popular roofing shingle choice is shingles made from recycled material like plastic, wood, and fiber cement. Recycled shingles are made for various materials and designed to look identical to cedar slate or wood shake shingles. Using recycled material to make new roofing material is a very eco-friendly option to consider. The recycled shingles are durable and have a long-lasting life span. Roof shingles made from recycled material can last up to 50 years. This type of roofing option is very affordable and is a great alternative to the expensive cost of slate roof shingles. If you’re looking for a material that provides the most environmentally friendly effect, then choosing recycled shingles is perfect as it reduces waste and the need to produce raw or new material for other roofing materials.
Made from old steel-belted radial tires, rubber roofing shingles is another environmentally friendly roofing option to consider for your home. Rubber roofing options are great for a home with a flat or low-sloping roof as the material is pliable, strong, and waterproof. The ultimate benefit of rubber roofing is that the material is created to go in areas where asphalt shingles fall short of doing well. Rubber roofing also reflects the sun and heat, helping reduce high electrical costs. Normally, rubber roofing is installed on top of a home’s existing roof shingles. A layer of the material is placed over the top of the current shingles without removing the existing shingles. This provides insulation, and the whole roof is coated with waterproof film. Although rubber roofing is not the cheapest option to re-roofing a home, most re-roofing jobs are bided at the square footage. Usually, asphalt shingles cost around $100 or less a square as rubbering roofing can cost anywhere from $300-$400 per square. The better advantage of rubber roofing over asphalt is that rubber tends to last twice as long and saves time and money over time.
This type of eco-friendly roofing option is one of the newest and has a large impact on reducing electrical costs. With the option to go solar for a roof, a homeowner has the choice to have solar panels or solar shingles installed. Solare panels are installed on top of an existing roof, while solar roofing shingles or tiles are installed as the entire roof. As many environmentally friendly roofing options are made with material that reflects the sun’s rays, solar roofing takes in the rays’ energy and turns it into usable electricity for the home. Normally, the initial installation cost of solar panels or tiles can be very expensive. However, with the benefit of having reduced electrical bills, homeowners will save a good amount of money on monthly electrical costs. Another great advantage of selecting solar roofing for an environmentally friendly roofing option is durable, long-lasting, low maintenance, and tax breaks. Not many roofing options that are eco-friendly offer the benefits of both reduced electrical bills and tax breaks.
There are many options and benefits to choosing environmentally friendly materials for your home’s roof. A leading benefit is that eco-friendly roofing materials have a great reputation for being durable, long-lasting and helps reduce electrical monthly bills. Although some environmentally friendly options tend to be more expensive, over time, as the roof withstands will be worth the investment throughout the years. If you are not sure which environmentally roofing option is the right choice for your home or budget, we at Capstone Roofing are happy to help you select the right roofing material for your home. Contact us today!