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AnitaGinsburg posted a blog entry in Anita Ginsburg's BlogWhen it comes to protecting your home, your roof is the true hero. But if your roof is over 20 years old, it might not be as eco-friendly as you'd like. Thankfully, many roofing materials are now designed to be better for you and the environment. If you're trying to go green, here are four different roofing materials you should consider. Wooden Shingles If you want to make your roof more eco-friendly, there’s no better place to start than by adding wooden shingles. Shingles are the material that covers the exterior of the roof and prevents things from infiltrating the interior. The most common type of shingles you see are asphalt. While these are primarily eco-friendly, asphalt shingles may give off toxic fumes should they be heated. Alternatively, wooden shingles are very durable and can even be any color you want. However, wooden shingles are a bit on the pricey side and require ongoing maintenance. A Metal Roof Metal roofs may be something you’d least expect to be on this list, but the truth is that they are a very eco-friendly roofing option. Metal roofs are incredibly low maintenance and can last as long as 70 years. Additionally, because they reflect sun’s rays instead of absorbing them, you lower your energy usages for heating and cooling. Metal roofs can also come in many different styles, so you can find one to match your home. Keep in mind that metal roofs are one of the most expensive options at your disposal. Metal roofs may also be more susceptible to hail damage as hail can leave it dented. Tile Roofing Tile roofing is another eco-friendly, versatile roofing option. There are many types of tiles to choose from including: Copper Concrete Ceramic Stone Composite Clay Polymer-Sand Metal Each of these tiles come with their own benefits. For example, clay tiles are energy efficient, which means that it’s easier to insulate your home. Depending on the type of tile you choose, you may need to add support to your home. Tiles can weigh more, so you need to have adequate support if you choose to install tile roofing. Solar Panels Lastly, consider solar panels. While they won’t cover the entirety of your roof and you will need a traditional roofing option under the panels, they are a great investment for eco-conscious homeowners. Solar panels absorb sunlight and use it to power your home. Solar panels are one of the most energy efficient materials you can add. However, like everything else that's listed here, they can be expensive. When it comes to making your home eco-friendly, you should never leave your roof out of the equation. It could end up playing the biggest role when it comes to being more eco-friendly. Remember these roofing materials in mind if you decide to replace your roof.