Eco-Friendly Roofing—Part I

Eco-friendly roofing is available from roofing contractors, Austin. You may need to look carefully to find what you want.

Most homeowners will need to repair or totally replace a roof in the time that they live in their home. The roof is the most exposed part of a house, taking a beating from sunlight, heat, rain, wind, cold, hail, and anything else Mother Nature has to throw at it. Conventional asphalt shingles last 10 to a maximum of about 20 years while other types of roofing will last a variable amount of time.

If you are looking for a roof that is likely to outlast an asphalt shingle roof and is made of eco-friendly roofing materials, here are some products to consider. Curiously, many are immune to hail damage, so that is an automatic plus in their column. Green roofing products vary widely as they range from recycled plastic shingles or recycled metal roofs to reclaimed or sustainably harvested wood roofing materials. The best option for your home will depend on the design of your home as well as local building codes, plus what the overall price will be. To decide, you will need the input of a roofing contractor such as Accent Roofing.

Some of the most popular, and possibly the “greenest,” of all roofing materials are shingles produced from recycled waste products. These can include plastic, rubber, or wood fiber. Some are made from home waste (post-consumer waste) and other from factory waste (post-industrial waste). Shingles made from recycled materials are amazingly durable and routinely look quite nice. You would never guess that they were made from waste.

Using recycled-content roof shingles helps divert waste from landfills and reduces the need to extract and process raw materials. This in turn helps to decrease energy consumption and reduce pollution. Look carefully and you will find that some are recyclable (again), some come with great fire ratings (to reduce your insurance rate), and other can have 50 year warranties.

Conventional wood shingles are made from old-growth western cedar. The amount of energy consumption to produce these is relatively low, but harvesting of old-growth trees is not sustainable in the long run. Another issue with this type of shingle is that they are quite combustible so should not be used in areas where risk of brush or forest fires is high. With all this in mind you will want to look for a different type of wood shingle or stay away from wood all together.

A few companies in the United States made wood shingles from reclaimed mills, bridges, old water tanks, and a number of other sources. A company in eastern Canada harvests sustainably grown eastern white cedar trees to produce shakes and shingles which can be used in roofing. If you feel that wood is a must, but want to stay green these are the best two options.

So when you are looking for shingle-based roofing there are various green options. You will want to discuss this carefully with your roofing contractors Austin so that you get the right roofing for your dwelling.

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