Green roofing is becoming more popular as people continue to become environmentally conscious. Manufacturers and roofing companies are coming out to address these environmental issues with new innovative products. Here are some of the options available for those looking for green solutions.
Rubber is one of the materials that is now being used to roof houses. Rubber has many advantages compared to other materials used for roofing. It is durable in the sense that it does not easily crack or break. Rubber can last for more than 25 years if it is properly installed and maintained.
This is a very eco-friendly material because the rubber comes from old tires. The rubber shingles are coated with slate dust. This is done to give the rubber roofing the look of shingles. All these materials are from recycled sources.
These are made from materials like copper, steel, zinc, etc. Some roofs may be made from a combination of these metals. These roofs can last for a long time. It is not unusual for a metal roof to last for more than half a century. Most of these roofs are made from recycled materials. According to some environmental experts, metal roofs are the most eco-friendly as far as waste reduction and recycling is concerned.
One other thing that makes this roof very eco-friendly, is its ability to reflect heat. It can reflect heat by a factor that is more than 10 times that of asphalt roofs. Unpainted roofs are the most effective when it comes to reflecting heat. But studies have shown painted metal roofs are still much more efficient at dispersing heat than other materials.
Green roofs are plants that are placed on top of your roof and may include a drainage system. They are considered to be one of the best green options because of the benefits they have for the homeowner and the environment.
For example, green roofs can help to improve the air quality in cities by removing pollutants from the air. They also reduce temperatures around the home and also in neighboring areas. This type of roof is probably the one with the highest number of benefits to the environment.
Asphalt is one of the materials with the highest carbon footprints. The entire lifecycle of asphalt shingles leaves a trail of greenhouse carbon emissions that are very toxic to the environment. These materials are also used in pavements and in building roads.
The good news is that old asphalt shingles can be recycled. These shingles are now used to build roads. Instead of road contractors getting new asphalt materials from the factory they can used old and worn out ones from your roofing. Now roofing companies have a program that allows them to contribute to making our environment even more eco-friendly.
Getting a ‘green’ Contractor
If you want to play your role in making the world green and safer for everyone, it is time you get a genuine contractor that is green conscious. Take time to find out what eco-friendly options they have. If they claim that they are green roofing contractors, can they prove those claims? There are certification and accreditation bodies that certify such companies. One certification is GRP (Green Roof Professionals). This type of certification is not mandatory to have by law. However, it is always a plus if the contractor has it.
You also need to apply due diligence when looking for a professional company to help you address roofing issues. Start with the basics; check their licenses and insurance information. Ask for references and check with previous customers.
Written by Enrich Construction, the best service for siding in Columbia, MO.