I was recently approached by Herbert Norton of Roofery.com.
He was interested in my blog and requested to be a guest blogger. His goal was to be the same on his informative website: to help consumers make educated decisions about what type of roof they wanted.
So, he asked if I think you would be interested in reading about some eco-friendly roofing options. I thought it was worth a try and would love to hear your feedback through comments!
Going green is more than a passing trend; it's a lifestyle. Not only does "Greening" your home improve the state of the environment, but it can also save you money in the long run. As green alternatives become more main-stream, there are more and more design options to match your style and aesthetic preferences.
Green roofing is a thriving industry and options range from solar panels to eco-friendly shingles. Green roofs not only maximize energy efficiency and add extra insulation to your home, but they can add a new design aspect to your home.
Before you decide to green your home, make sure to research all the options to choose which eco-roofing option works best for your home!
Things to Consider:
First off, your new roof should always be dependable, provide a barrier against the elements, protect your house from heat and cold, and have some aesthetic appeal.
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Also make sure to consider your environment - the color of your roof can have a huge environmental impact. For example if you live in a warm environment it is best to go with a light colored roof that will reflect the sun's radiation and keep your house naturally cooler. If you cold environment, a darker roof absorbs sun and keeps the house insulated naturally.
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By altering the color of your roof, it can save you from extra heating or cooling costs and curb harmful emissions.
When roofing, consider local options. The further the shipping distance, the worse the environmental impact. Try to purchase what is produced locally!
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Finally consider durability. You don't want to have to continually replace your roof - it is not eco-friendly nor economically practical.
Most importantly choose a roof that matches your needs and style.
If you like traditional shingle roofing, then you are in luck! There is a great eco-friendly alternative to the popular asphalt shingles that are one of the least green-roofing options.
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Composite shingles can vary in appearance because they differ in contour and depth.
Most brands of composites mimic cedar slates, slate or clay tiles. Since the composites are comparable to asphalt shingles in terms of weight and dimensions, there is usually no need to add reinforcements to your roof to accommodate the new shingles.
Recycled synthetic shingles typically cost more than asphalt shingles. A bundle of asphalt shingles costs about $25. Recycled synthetic shingles usually start $75 per bundle. However, when thinking about the lifespan of asphalt compared the composites and about the eco advantages, recycled synthetic shingles are a great option.
Tile is a great option for homeowners looking for a roof with excellent natural heating and cooling capacities.
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Fiber-cement composite tiles are often formed to look like slates but can be recycled, make great water-collection roofs and are durable. The tiles are not as heavy as the concrete or cement tiles so they don't need any reinforcement to install.
Making clay tiles requires very little energy usage. These tiles can be glazed or unglazed, depending on your taste and are available in a variety of lighter colors which can reflect more than 50% of the sun's rays.
Clay tiles also have the capability of providing greater air circulation, which enhances their cooling capability. Clay tiles are usually very heavy, so be sure to have a certified expert take a look at the strength of your home’s frame.
For the colder climate, slate tiles are a very green option. Since slate is drawn from quarries, it has a small environmental impact.
Also, with all of the slate quarries in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, the environmental cost of them is typically lower. Slate is heavy, but it can last, with little maintenance, for hundreds of years. Its dark color makes it a great heat absorber and natural insulator.
Bio-Diverse Green Roofs:
Especially popular in cities, this roof top garden is an eco-friendly roof that has adds a flare to any home. A green roof is a vegetated cover for your roof that absorbs carbon dioxide, insults your home remarkably well and reduces your homes overall heat gain.
Although many commercial buildings may sport intensive green roofs, that requires heavy structural supports due to the weight of soil, plants, trees and irrigation systems; bio-diverse roofs are a great addition to any home. An bio-diverse roof only calls for 2-5 inches of soil to support small plants, shrubs and grass and requires minimal maintenance.
Depending on how your house is built, you may not need any extra structural reinforcement to support a green roof. A green roof takes more planning than the other options, so talk with an engineer before pursing this option. But a green roof can add flare to any home.
Personally, I'm drawn to the natural slate and bio-diverse roofing options. I think they would work well in the varied Maryland climate. What about you? So, what do you think? Would you like to see more posts like these? I'd love to hear from you!