Traditional roofs can require frequent upkeep and replacement, which results in extensive costs and environmental impact. Traditional asphalt shingles only last a maximum of 20 years and during reroofing, they can create extensive amounts of waste and energy. Fortunately, there are now a number of more eco-friendly options.
Concrete and Clay
Concrete and clay tiles offer substantial durability in all types of weather. With adequate care, they can last up to 50 years, resulting in substantially less frequent replacement and major repairs. This substantially reduces waste produced during replacement. In addition, concrete and clay can help moderate the inside temperature of your home. They allow air to circulate under tiles, which can help reduce use of both the heater and air conditioner, saving you money and helping the environment.
Some manufacturers offer shingles that have been crafted with an array of waste materials like rubber, wood fiber and plastic. In addition, some tiles are made from waste from homes or waste from manufacturing companies. The newly manufactured tiles are surprisingly attractive and quite durable. The reuse of materials substantially reduce landfill waste and energy use. Many recycled roofs can last up to 50 years and often come with warranties.
Metal is frequently made from a certain percentage of reused materials, and it can be easily recycled at the end of its lifespan. In addition, these roofs also last up to 50 years reducing the frequency of replacement. They can be easily used in homes that repurpose rainwater for the home or garden and offer solid durability in all types of weather and require little maintenance or repair due to damage resulting from the elements. Finally like clay shingles, metal can help moderate your homes temperature reducing your heating and cooling use.
Roofing is one of the biggest sources of environmental damage. However, with new materials, it doesn’t have to be. Longer lasting and recycled materials have substantially reduced the impact of roof replacement.
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