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Eco-Friendly Roofing Options for Your Home

Feb 20th, 2020

by Lonnie Hagen

Need a new roof? Consider these roofing options for your home.

Eco-Friendly Roofing Options for Your Home

Need a new roof? Consider these roofing options for your home.

by Lonie Hagen

If it’s time to replace your roof, you’ll have some important decisions to make. What color should it be? What material will it be made out of? Can it be durable, long-lasting, and eco-friendly?

If you’re wondering whether it’s possible to install a roof that not only looks good but saves money on your energy bill and helps save the planet, the answer is yes! There are plenty of eco-friendly roofing options available on the market today.

What Are Eco-Friendly Roofs?

Can your choice of roofing really have a positive impact on the environment? A small one, but yes! Eco-friendly roofs are made of materials that positively impact the environment. They reduce energy consumption, and some can even be recycled. Many eco-friendly roofing options are beneficial for your budget too. It’s time to discover your options.

Cool Roofs

Eco-friendly benefits: Reduces home energy costs and keeps your home cool

While these roofs do look fantastic, “cool” does not refer to being a hip piece of architecture. Cool roofs refer to what they can do, that being, keep your house cool. This option is made of a material that reflects the sun’s rays, decreasing the amount of heat absorbed by your home. They are typically a light color that matches well with any siding and trim.

Cool roofs are primarily known for reducing the cost of your electric bill by keeping your house cooler in the hot months of summer. This roof will allow you to save the world and save your bank account at the same time. How’s that for you?

Wood Shingles

Eco-friendly benefits: Reduces landfill waste by being 100% recyclable.

Wood roofs are durable, lasting anywhere from 15-20 years, and they are incredibly eco-friendly. Wood shingle roofs can be made from recycled wood or responsibly forested trees. The best part? When it comes time to replace your wood shingle roof, the wood can be recycled. Keep in mind that wood is highly flammable and may not be allowed depending on where you live.

Metal Roofs

Eco-friendly benefits: 100% recyclable, less frequent replacement, exceptional fire-resistance, and ideal for rainwater collecting.

Metal roofs are incredibly durable and can last for fifty years or more. They reflect the sun and reduce the need for air conditioning inside your house. Metal roofing shingles can be made from recycled materials, which you can recycle again when it’s time to replace your roof. Other advantages include their incredible fire rating and their functionality as a rainwater collector.

Do note. If you live in snow country, you’ll need a plan to keep the snow from covering the perimeter of your house, because it will slide right off and fall to the area below.

Clay Tiles

Eco-friendly benefits: Durability, can be made from reclaimed materials, reduction of landfill waste, and year-round insulation.

Clay tiles have been popular for centuries all around the world. If you have a Spanish or Italian villa-inspired house, clay tiles are perfect. Not only do they keep your home cooler in the summer, but they’ll also keep it warmer in the winter.

Slate Tiles

Eco-friendly benefits: Extremely long-lasting and can be made from reclaimed materials.

Slate is the most durable of all the eco-friendly options. Don’t be surprised if you find a roofing company that offers a 100-year warranty on the life of your roof!

Some companies use salvaged slate, making it even more eco-friendly. Slate is relatively expensive, so if this is your preferred option, shop around for the best price.

Green Roofs

Eco-frindly benefits: Insulation in summer and winter, reduced energy costs, and contribute to air quality.

Green roofs aren’t literally green like the name implies. Green rooftops give you the option of planting a garden on your roof. It takes several inches of material to hold the soil and plants, including flowers, hedges, moss, or small crops.

While these roofs are incredibly high maintenance, they are a lot of fun. Green roofs are also energy savers and do a fantastic job of insulating your house in summer and winter.

Keep in mind that most roofs will need to be reinforced to deal with the weight of the dirt and plant material.

Recycled Shingles

Eco-friendly benefits: Reduce waste in landfills, reduce the need to process new materials, reduce energy consumption and pollution, and 50-year Warranty.

Similar to the wood shingle roof, a roof that uses recycled shingles is very eco-friendly. You can find recycled shingles made from wood, plastic, and even rubber. These shingles are highly durable.

Other Roofing Options

While your main roofing components are an essential part of your eco-friendly roof, there are several “add-ons” that can help you go green.

Here are two to consider.

Solar Panels

Solar panels can be placed on nearly any roof. These panels will not only collect solar energy and use it to power your home, but they can supply electricity to the city. Solar panels can save and earn you money at the same time. While initial installation costs are pricey, if you’re in your forever home, solar panels are an excellent investment.

Roof Overhangs

Extending your roof out over the exterior of your house can reduce the amount of sunlight the inside of your home is exposed to. This will keep your house cooler during summer and, if set up correctly, can also help keep your house warmer in winter.

How to Choose

When deciding which eco-friendly roof is right for you, ask yourself what you want to accomplish. Do you want to reduce energy costs? Or do you want to reduce landfill waste? Are you hoping to match a specific architectural design? Do you want to blend into the forest backdrop? Or is your priority investing into your forever home for longevity and reduced electricity?

The answers to these questions will help guide your decisions.

Be sure to compare several options and companies. Check warranties, fire ratings, and hail ratings. Make sure your area is zoned for your preferred roofing choice. Ask your insurance company if there will be a premium change depending upon the type of roof you install.

Some eco-friendly roofing options will qualify you for a homeowner's discount!

Don’t Forget

To reroof, you will likely need to pass a city or county code inspection and obtain a building permit. Make sure all your ducks are in a row before you put down a deposit and hire contractors to start your new project.

Finally, be sure your contractor is familiar with the material you want to use. Ask for references, check reviews, and make sure they are licensed and bonded.

Your Turn

Now that you know about eco-friendly roofing options, it’s your turn. What will you choose? There are many options from roofs that keep your house cool in the summer to those that regulate all year long.

Some roofing materials are 100% recyclable, while others will last so long you’ll pass it on to the next generation. Whichever material you choose, you practically can’t go wrong. What will your next roof look like?

As a full service company, Accent Roofing and Construction has the know-how to handle any kind of job. We come highly recommended by insurance agencies, construction associations, consumer agencies and many satisfied customers who consider us to be one of the best, reliable and competitive construction and restoration contractors in Dallas / Fort Worth areas.

Lonnie Hagen
Lonnie Hagen
Guest Blogger, Accent Roofing
Lonnie Hagen has over 30 years experience in residential and commercial roofing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area