Your roof provides protection for your home or business, you and your property, promising privacy, security, and shelter from the elements. Your roof is a critical part of your home or business and when it needs updating, you may want to consider an eco-friendly roofing replacement. Eco-friendly roofing options promise optimal performance, as well as value for your home or business all while protecting the environment. Though you may not have known eco-friendly roofing options were out there, the truth is the old tried and true shingles aren’t your only choice. A variety of long-lasting, durable ecofriendly options are out there – including metal, wood, and even rubber. Let’s explore the possibilities.
Eco-Friendly Versus Traditional Roofing
When considering an eco-friendly roof option, there are several items to consider, cost, longevity, and reusability. Traditional roofing options like asphalt roof shingles typically last for about 20 years while many eco-friendly roofing choices can outlast that by two to three times. And while eco-friendly options may cost more than conventional asphalt shingles, the longevity of green roofing products will mean substantial savings in the long run. From recycled plastic to rubber, to metal, to wood, many eco-friendly options are virtually immune to inclement weather conditions. On top of that, you might find green products mean lower insurance rates and potential tax savings as well.
Most metal roofing products contain recycled material (aluminum from beverage cans, as well as recycle steel and copper), but even more important is the fact that it can be recycled when its time as a roof ends. On top of that, metal roofs offer a durable long life, lasting as long as 50 years. They are also fire-resistant and light reflective.
Among the greenest options are recycled shingles made from plastic, rubber, and wood fiber waste materials from homes and factories. Incredibly durable and aesthetically pleasing, these shingles keep waste from landfills, save raw materials, lowering both pollution and energy use. Even better, many of these recycled shingles last up to 50 years and can be recycled, plus many mimic the look of slate shingles or cedar shakes at a much lower cost.
Wood Shake or Wood Shingles
Wood shakes and shingles are very popular, and they are made from sustainable old-growth western cedar which is natural and biodegradable. A better alternative for the environment are wooden roof products created from reclaimed lumber like old wood from bridges, mills, water tanks, wine tanks, and more. The costs of wood shakes and shingles is similar to that of metal roofing and can last up to 25 years.
Slate and Clay Tiles
As natural materials, slate and clay tiles deliver durability and longevity with the ability to last for hundreds of years. Slate is often highly coveted for those who own historic properties while Spanish style homes seek curved red clay tiles. Because clay tiles come in lighter colors they also offer cooling benefits. And even more eco-friendly are salvaged clay and slate tiles. These options are green but are more costly than other eco-friendly options.
Another great green option is for roofing is reinforced rubber shingles. These shingles are created from former steel-belted radial tires that are then coated with ground slate to add texture. Rubber shingles come in a number of colors and last up to 50 years, guaranteed.
Choosing Eco-friendly Roofing Products for your Home or Business
Just like with traditional roofing, green roofing products present a number of options for your home or office, and when you are ready to make your ideal selection, the professionals at Bilt-Well Roofing are ready to help you make the needed comparisons – style, longevity, maintenance, costs, protection, and eco-friendliness. Bilt-Well can help you find the perfect choice, deliver it on time, and exceeding your expectations with guaranteed highest quality and outstanding service. Call today and discover the Bilt-Well difference.