Getting ready for a new roof? It’s important to be informed about what type of roof aligns best with your preferences and long-term goals. The “go green” movement shows no signs of slowing down, and the roofing industry is no exception! As a follow-up to our first blog post about this topic, here’s our second round of environmentally friendly roofing options:
While not as popular as they were years ago, wood shingles are considered one of the most traditional and environmentally friendly types of roofs. They are relatively durable (lasting about 15-20 years) and are arguably the “greenest” roofing options, as wood shingles can be recycled long after the life of the roof. Wood shingles offer a very classic and artistic look to any house, free of rust and providing top notch insulation.
With “solar” being the most recent wave in home construction, solar shingles generate direct current (DV) power which is converted to alternating (AC) power. Depending on the roof span, the capacity of your home’s solar photovoltaic (PV) system would be based on your annual electricity usage and how much you’d like to offset utility-provided power with solar power. From a durability standpoint, solar shingles are strong enough to be used as primary roofing material or can replace conventional shingles in different areas of the roof.
As one of the newest trends in roofing, the “cool” roofing system is designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a traditional roof. With a focus on conserving energy, a cool roof can greatly reduce the amount of heat that enters a home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cool roofs can help to significantly reduce energy bills, create better comfort for non-airconditioned spaces (like garages or patios) and decrease the temperature of the roof itself, which can potentially extend the life of the roof).
Find The Roofing Option That Works for You
Now, more than ever before, there are countless types of roofs to consider for your home. Being open-minded and educating yourself about your options is key to choosing a roof you’ll be satisfied with for years to come.
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