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Tips for buying an ecofriendly roof

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Green living is the new craze. As people learn more about the ways humans have a detrimental effect on the environment, more and more people are looking to minimize their carbon footprint. From energy­efficient appliances to water­saving dishwashers to roofing solar panels, homeowners are finding all sorts of ways to be more environmentally conscious. When it comes to roofing, though,installing solar panels or growing a green roof aren’t always practical options, especially in cooler climates that don’t get enough sunlight. Fortunately, there are other ways to have an eco­friendly roof.

Here are some tips for homeowners looking to get an eco­friendly roof.

Hire a pro

Roofing isn’t a job that an amateur can do properly. And an improperly installed roof will cause all sorts of problems, including air leakage. An improperly installed roof is going to let warm air escape the home during the winter and cool air escape during the summer. This means higher energy costs year round. It also means wasted resources that aren’t renewable. A skilled roofer will make sure the roof is installed correctly and has good ventilation.

Choose the right roofing material

Which material you use has a huge environmental impact. There are a few factors that determine the environmental impact of a roofing material. Because roofs require a lot of materials, each time a roof needs to be replaced, it impacts the environment. Another factor is its reflectivity. Roofs that are more reflective are more energy efficient as they don’t absorb heat and drive up cooling costs.

Here’s how some of the most common roofing materials stack up when it comes to environmental friendliness.

• Wood shake roofs are not as popular as they used to be. Because they’re flammable, they’re not allowed in some communities. If you’re set on wood shakes, however, look for a roofing product made from reclaimed or FSC­certified lumber so you’re not contributing to the cutting down of old­growth trees to make your roof.

• Tile roofs are made from natural materials and is extremely long­lasting, so in that respect it’s environmentally friendly. However, the mining and transportation involved is energy­intensive.If going with tile, choose a light color so that it’s cooler in the summer.

• Metal roofing is a great eco­friendly option. It’s extremely durable and long­lasting and can be made entirely from recycled materials to minimize its environmental impact. While metal roofing isn’t considered a cool roof, it can be painted with a reflective coating to make it cooler.

• Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material. Because they don’t last as long as other materials and they often end up in landfills, asphalt shingles are typically seen as the least environmentally friendly option. However, if the asphalt shingles are made from recycled materials, they can be very eco­friendly. Make sure when it’s time to replace your asphalt shingle roof that the roofer recycles the shingles rather than sending them to the landfill.

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Source: earth911.com/home­garden/how­buy­eco­friendly­roof/


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I agree with you that it is really important to choose the right material for your roof. For example, having a green roof where I live wouldn't be a smart idea. It gets super hot and dry during the summer and everything on that roof would die. It would be smart to talk to a professional about what type of roof would work best for your home. http://www.earhartroofing.com/past-projects

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