Sunday, January 14th, 2018 by Best Choice Roofing
When it is time to replace your roof, there are many options to choose from. Eco-friendly roofing alternatives can be a great way to reduce your electric bill and your carbon footprint. At Best Choice Roofing, we are your go-to roofing experts and are happy to discuss your roof replacement needs and provide you with more information about the best roofing materials to fit your roof style and preferences.Here are the top three eco-friendly roof replacement ideas for 2016.
Since the color white, and other light colors tend to reflect the sun’s rays, these roofs are often 1-2 degrees cooler than darker-colored roofs. A few degrees difference may not seem like a lot, but when taken over the life of the roof, this temperature decrease can save your roofing shingles from being fried under the intense summer sun. A cooler roof also means a cooler attic and upper portions of your home, requiring less air conditioning resources, resulting in lower electricity and energy bills. White shingles are priced similarly to more traditional shingles and come in various styles to fit your roofing preference. A white roof may be cooler, but the materials used are not 100% eco-friendly. The shingles will likely be asphalt shingles that are petroleum-based products and are tough to recycle.
Unlike conventional asphalt shingles, wood shingles are a natural and biodegradable roofing option. The downside is that wood shingles are flammable and should be avoided in areas where brush fires are common. A traditional asphalt shingled roof will last anywhere from 18 to 25 years, whereas a wood roof has a much shorter lifespan, even if well-maintained of no more than 15 years. This can be an aesthetically pleasing roofing alternative, but will come with a hefty price tag. Wood shingles are as expensive as metal roofing, without the added lifespan.
As you can imagine, a metal roof adds an extra layer of durability that other roofing materials cannot provide. Not only are metal roofs able to withstand up to 50 years of wear and tear, but they are also fully recyclable and reflect light, keeping your attic and home cooler. For even more eco-friendly components, you can get a light-colored metal roof made of recyclable materials. In general, the price of one metal roof is equivalent to 2.5 times the price of a standard asphalt shingle roof. Metal shingles are more expensive than most roofing materials but are still more affordable than copper or slate roofing shingles. In areas of high snowfall, a metal roof may not be the ideal option. Since snow easily slides off of metal, a metal roof can create large snow drifts around the perimeter of the house.
If you are interested in exploring your roofing options, contact the roof replacement professionals at Best Choice Roofing at 1-888-272-4011 for a free consultation.