2022 is the year to take your eco-lifestyle to the next level, and that includes your next roofing project. Sustainability is gaining huge traction in the construction industry, as there are huge advantages to be had for both the homeowner and the environment. Whether you’re a roofer looking to get involved in more eco-friendly projects this year, or a homeowner looking to increase your home’s energy efficiency, here are a few roofing materials you need to consider when to ‘go green’.
Recycled shingles are the greenest roofing product on the market. Manufactured from recycled content such as plastic, wood fiber and rubber, recycled shingles are extremely affordable and are an amazing (and greener) alternative for those who can’t afford expensive slate roofs. Looking at a roof designed and built using recycled materials, they are almost identical to slate roofs in appearance and have a lifespan of over 50 years.
A White/Cool Roof
A cool roof does exactly what the name suggests. It has a cooling effect on a house or building, by reflecting most of the sun’s rays. As a result of the building being cooler, the air conditioning unit won’t run as frequently, resulting in the building becoming more environmentally friendly. Installing this roofing measure will also result in a significant bill reduction in the summer season. Moreover, you’ll see a significant rise in durability, as these roofs last longer due to not absorbing as much heat from the sun.
Rubber roofing is a great option if you live in an area that experiences high winds and storms from time to time, as they are incredibly durable against the natural elements. The average rubber roof has a lifespan of 50 years without having to be changed, and can be installed on a tight budget. Not only does this mean less maintenance and upkeep on your part, you will also spend less money on roof repair in the North East, as well as having a roof that is eco-friendly. Best of all, you can choose a design and colour that truly reflects your personality. There are no limits!
As with a rubber roof, corrugated roofing is durable and can last in any sort of climate. These days, it does not just come in wavy sheets of metals or translucent plastic, you can choose between different colours and designs. After an installation, a metal roof can last up to 50 years with very little maintenance. Corrugated roofs are considered the ideal option for green homeowners, due to their energy efficiency and them being recyclable.
Expect to see even more ‘green’ roofing options available to tradesmen and consumers alike over the next few years. Hopefully, we will even begin to see advancements being made to increase the affordability of solar shingles and solar panels, to help homeowners everywhere to generate their own electricity. Until then, keep these roofing materials in mind while we embark on the journey to a greener future.
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