Eco-Friendly Roofing—Part II

When looking for “green” options for roofing using other types of roofs beyond shingles can be the answer. The best Austin roofers, like Accent Roofers, knows this and can help you with your choice.

Slate is a totally natural material. Slate tiles can produce an extremely durable roof. It is estimated that a slate tile roof can last hundreds of years! Several companies produce slate tiles. One company even offers a 100 year warranty, one that will outlast most of us. Some slate roof tile manufacturers offer salvaged slate and clay roof tiles. This saves on the energy-intensive process of mining slate and transporting it to market.

Clay tiles are another excellent green choice when it comes to roofing. They are extremely durable, though they won’t last quite as long as slate.

Metal roofing is another green idea in roofing. Many metal roof products include some recycled material but the real recycling comes at the end of the roof’s life span. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years so replacement is less frequent, which saves energy expenditure in the long run. Metal roofs are exceptionally durable and fire-resistant.

Metal roofs allow ice and snow to slide off easily and prevent ice dams from forming. In order to protect walkways from falling snow special diverters must be in place. They are also ideal for anyone who wants to collect rainwater from their roofs for watering gardens and other household purposes.

Another “green” thing that metal roofs can help is for anyone who wants to install photoelectric cells to produce electricity for their home. Standing-seam metal roofs work well as the base for thin-film photovoltaic panels.

Shingles can be made from cast-off metals. Rustic Shingles (produced by Classic Metal Roofing Systems) are made from recycled aluminum, mostly beverage cans. The shingles come in 11 colors. Other metal shingles are made to contain as much as 50% recycled steel, yet they will look like wood or slate. Some companies work with recycled copper to produce shingles. This is as close as you can get to having gold shingles for your home.

You may be able to find someone who will tell you that their roofing is rubber. Reinforced rubber shingles are being made from old steel-belted radial tires. You won’t realize that they are rubber because the material is coated with ground slate for texture. These shingles come in a variety of colors as well. Rubber shingles have a long life span. It is not unusual to have a 50 year warranty, including against hail and other types of extreme weather. This could be very handy in Texas.

As always, you want to compare your options carefully. Look at what the materials’ fire ratings, hail ratings and warranties are. Even call your insurance agent to find out if you might qualify for a discount if a specific type of material is used. Always be sure to use an experienced roofing contractor when using special types of shingles. Only the best Austin roofers like Accent Roofers will do. And lastly, don’t forget to ask if your old asphalt shingles can be recycled.

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