Whether it is deforestation, natural disasters or forest fires, environmental issues have affected Americans exponentially.
Add to that the fact that more than 5 million American homes need new roofs every year, and we’ve got a massive problem at our hands. This is how nearly 10 million tons of asphalt shingles end up in landfills.
Since these are non-renewable, petroleum-based products, it is important to find a way around this problem and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. So it’s no surprise that more people are now adopting eco-friendly and sustainable living methods to minimize the load on the environment.
We are with our clients every step of the way, seeking alternate methods of roofing so we can fulfill their demands for sustainable living.
The good news here is that there is a wide variety of options available for you to choose from if you’re considering an eco-friendly roof.
1. Metal Roofs
Most metal roofs are known to withstand heavy rainfall, hail, and heavy pressure from natural disasters. They are long-lasting, durable, and are 100% recyclable.
Metal roofs aka “cool” roofs, are quite beneficial in regulating temperatures as they reflect sunlight and absorb less heat. A standard roof can reach up to a temperature of 150°F in the summer heat. A cool metal roof, under the same conditions, can stay more than 50°F cooler.
2. Green Roofs
Green Roofs are roofs that are covered with plants and vegetation, making them the most natural and sustainable option in this list. Not only do green roofs add to the aesthetic of your house, but they also provide an extra layer of insulation that helps to trap the heat. A study shows that green roofs can reduce heat flux by a staggering 72%.
If you live in an urban area, this feature will provide you with an added benefit of lowering your energy bills by reducing your energy consumption.
3. Rubber Shingle Roofs
If you’re on a fixed budget, but still can’t compromise on a sustainable lifestyle, rubber roofs are calling your name. They are cheap, easy to install and maintain, and has excellent insulation capabilities. Rubber shingle roofs are also durable, making them less likely to crack under extreme weather conditions. They are usually preferable for houses with flat or low-pitch roofs.
4. Solar Roofs
If you want to go the extra mile in conserving your environment, solar roofs should be your option for a sustainable roof. Solar roofs are quite similar to asphalt shingle roofs in the way that they are constructed. One significant difference is that solar roofs can convert heat and light into electricity, thus providing sustainable energy solutions.
Additionally, since they require converting technology, it has high installation costs and needs technical expertise. Despite this, it has long-term benefits, including minimized carbon emissions and reduced electricity bills.
Ready to See These Environmentally-Friendly Roofing Options?
Sturdy and robust roofing for your house does not only provide shelter, but it is also one of the leading construction elements that can regulate temperature and ensure energy conservation within your home.
Integrity Roofing & Restoration offers several options for you to make your property environmentally friendly. We can help you make sure that you get durable, affordable and, above all, sustainable roofing solutions.
Have further questions? We’re happy to provide a free consultation and help you out! Call us at (919) 327-0553.