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Three Factors That Determine Your Roof's Eco-Friendliness

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There are pros and cons to any roofing system, but friends of the environment count eco-friendliness twice when adding up the benefits of a potential roofing plan. Whether you're thinking of replacing your roof with a more energy-efficient one or you're building a new home and investigating the best roofing options, you'll want to consider these three aspects of each type of roofing material.

1. Longevity

The act of replacing your roof generates waste (such as used roofing materials and packaging), energy expenditure from manufacturing new roofing materials, and fuel expenditure from transporting those materials to your town from the manufacturer. This means that the longer you can go between roof replacements, the better it is for the environment. You shouldn't neglect to replace the roof when necessary, though; instead, use roofing materials that last longer. These include:

  • Slate
  • Tile
  • Corrugated steel
  • Copper
  • Light-colored roofing materials

2. Reflectivity

A roof that reflects sunlight has all kinds of environmental benefits. It not only lasts longer because of less rapid degradation from heat, but it also helps keep your house cool. A cooler house means your air conditioning system will use less energy and may even last longer with fewer repairs because of the lessened strain on the system. Energy savings, in addition to being environmentally friendly, can also be great for your budget. A cooler house can also help reduce the urban heat island effect, meaning that you won't be harming nearby ecosystems as much.

3. Recyclability

Recycling has become much easier and cheaper in the past few years. In fact, when you replace an asphalt shingle roof, it can even be cheaper to recycle it than to send it to the landfill. Many roofers recycle as a matter of course, and because recycling has become so widespread, it's much easier to find new roofing shingles that are made of recycled material. This means you can not only send off your old roof to be made into someone else's new roof, but you can also get a new roof that used to be someone else's old roof. This minimizes the impact your roofing has on the environment. Other recyclable or reusable roofing materials include:

  • Metal roofing
  • Slate
  • Concrete tiles

Use these three considerations to help you plan an eco-friendly roof replacement. Make sure to consider both the short-term and long-term effects your roof will have on the environment before you settle on a roofing material. For more tips, speak with a company like Slaughter Roofing Co.