Today many homeowners are turning to environmentally friendly options for their home remodeling projects. It is getting easier to find materials that are friendly to the environment as well as aesthetically pleasing to the homeowner, especially in roofing materials. Environmentally friendly roofs also benefit the homeowners by reducing their utility bills which helps to offset the higher costs of products that are friendly to the environment.
There are a wide variety of options when it comes to environmentally roofs including metal roofs, recycled shingles and slate and clay. Each of these roofs has their own unique look as well as benefits.
One of the most energy efficient roofs to choose is metal roofs. Made from recycled materials, metal roofs are great both in the summer and winter months keeping your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In the summer months the metal reflects the glare of the sun away, keeping the heat away from your home and reducing your air conditioning bill. In the winter months it reflects the heat from inside your home from the underside of the roof, helping you to reduce your utility bills year round. Metal roofs are also a great way to increase the curb appeal of your home as well as the resale value, giving you a return on the investment of your roof.
Other environmentally friendly options for roofing materials include slate and clay, both of which have been used for many years. Made from all natural materials, slate or clay roofs can last for many more years than other roofs and when they are disposed of the materials can be recycled, not burdening the environment at all.
If you wish for a trendier look while still remaining friendly to the environment, recycled shingles are a great choice. Made from materials that are found in landfills, you would be quite surprised what they can make recycled shingles out of. Outlasting their regular shingle counterpart by more than 30 years, recycled shingles will not only give you a longer life out of your roof but also help you to do your part for the environment.
If you do not want to replace your roof or do not like the look of the environmentally friendly choices in roofing materials, you still have an option to make your roof environmentally friendly by using a reflective coating on your asphalt or wood roof. The reflective coating will reflect the sun’s rays just as a metal roof does, keeping your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This will not only help to decrease your utility bills but also the natural resources required from the environment to heat or cool your home.