The New Craze Residential Green Roofing

One of the best ways to go green is with a green roof installation. Homeowners not only want to find ways to save on costly utility bills, but also conserve the environment. Green roofing has already taken off in commercial roofing projects and is picking up steam in the residential sector. The main reason homeowners have not converted to green roofs is many of them are not aware of all the benefits. Many people are left wondering what exactly constitutes a green roof? Another point of contention is that people are not sold on the savings a green roof claims. Honestly, green roofs are a great way to not only help the environment, but also save a lot of money.

For starters, a green roof is any roof that utilizes a green technology. When people think of green roofs they often think of roofs with grass, plants and trees. Any roof that has vegetation is actually a subset of green roofs called ‘living’ roofs. Living roofs are not a viable roofing option for residential homes because of their complex nature and they are considerably more expensive to install. On the bright side, there are other green roof alternatives that do not require a garden for a roof. Depending on the desired look, recycled synthetic shingles, cedar shingles, tile and metal roofing materials all have green roofing properties.

What makes going green realistic for a new roof is makeing sure that it is both economically feasible and eco-friendly. First, make sure that whichever roofing material is selected fits the following criteria to ensure it has a minimal impact on the environment. Next, homeowners should look for durable roofing materials. A durable roofing material will last a long time and hold up to the elements, meaning a longer lifespan. Buy roofing products that are available in the surrounding area. The overall transportation expense and pollution from transportation will be lower if the roofing materials are bought locally. Also, seek out roofing materials that use less energy and chemicals during the manufacturing process. Because of the growing consumer demand for greener roofing products, manufacturers are beginning to implement green best practices into the manufacturing process. Lastly, other important things to look for in a new roof are heat reflecting properties to cut down on excess heat, UV-ray resistance to prevent deterioration and aesthetic beauty.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential roofing material because it is very inexpensive. However, they are the least environmentally friendly roofing product. With a 15 year lifespan, asphalt shingles have the shortest lifespan of all the roofing options. Whenever it is hot outside, they release toxic gases and are prone to quick deterioration from sun damage. They also release harmful chemicals every time it rains. They are rarely recycled and account for roughly 11 million tons of waste in U.S. landfills. However, it should be noted that there are some composition asphalt shingles that have a 50 year lifespan, but they share the same downsides as traditional asphalt shingles.

Cedar shingles are another roofing option that is very popular in the U.S.. They are sought after because they add a hint of rustic charm. The major downside is they make for a poor roofing material. For starters, cedar shake roof installation is a very tedious and time-consuming process that requires expert installers to ensure they are properly installed. They are extremely flammable and most municipalities ban their use. The best products are made from old growth oaks which are considered non-renewable resources because of the time it takes to mature to an old growth status. There is also a lot of upkeep and maintenance that goes into keeping their integrity. Recycled synthetic shingles are a good substitute for cedar shingles and are composed of wood fibers and recycled plastic. They are light weight, fire-resistant and long lasting. They have a lifespan of up to 50 years.

Metal and tile roofs are one of the best roofing alternatives. Both materials are extremely durable and very long lasting. For instance, with proper maintenance and care a metal roof can last for over 100 years. During their manufacturing process there is little waste, pollution and energy use. There are recycled versions of both products available on the market. Both metal and tile roofing have many styles and types to choose from. They also are available in numerous colors and have UV-reflective properties. However, the major drawback is both are very pricey when compared to other residential roofing options. Also because of their weight, they are very expensive to transport and require more structural support adding to the overall cost. Expert installers are also highly recommended for any roof installation involving these materials.

Before tackling a new roof installation, check with the local hardware store for information on which green roofing option is best for your home. The money savings from installing a green roof are great in all, but there are bigger effects of installing a green roof.Going green will make a substantial impact on the environment and move the world in the right direction of a cleaner, brighter and fresher tomorrow.

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