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Eco-Friendly Roofing Choices

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When it's time to replace your roof, taking the environment into consideration can be both good for your wallet and the earth.The options available today include using recycled roofing materials as well as the use of light-reflecting colors to reduce home cooling costs and reduce the ecological footprint of your home. Read on for the top roofing methods to save money, energy and be earth friendly.

Cool Roofs

Traditional dark-colored asphalt shingles do nothing to reflect heat off your roof; they actually adsorb the heat and pass it on to your interior spaces and then out into the atmosphere. Cool roofs can reduce your cooling bill by15%, which can be a substantial savings in warm climate areas. Cool roofing is accomplished with the use of either a coating or cool roofing shingles.

For the coating, white-colored and reflective coatings are applied to the top of your current roof. The coating goes on like a layer of very thick reflective pigment. There are several different types of coatings available depending on your existing roof.

Recycled Roofing Materials 

Shingles are now being made of all types of materials that in the past have been relegated to the trash heap. These so-called waste materials include wood fibers, rubber and plastic and usually come from demolished buildings. The use of these recycled materials help reduce the waste in our landfills and lowers the energy needs for producing new materials.

Metal roofing has the advantage of being recyclable at the end of its lifespan, which can be up to 50 years. The long life of this type of roof merits attention since you will not be needing to replace it very often. The ability to collect rainwater that runs off this type of roof for use in gardening is another environmental plus.

Roofing shingles constructed with old tires offers a long-lasting roofing option and extra durability for hail and wind damage. The use of old tires as roofing materials means they are not just taking up space in our landfills. Rubber tire roofing lends superior sound and water-proofing properties. As an aesthetic bonus, this roofing material can take on the look of more expensive shingles, such as slate.

These roofing options just make good sense to anyone interested in saving money and preserving our environment. Using these earth-friendly roofing products and treatments will reduce not only your private energy consumption, but you will doing something positive for the environment at the same time. Talk to a professional like Earhart Roofing Company Inc to see the options for your area.