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Eco Friendly Roofing to Beat the Summer Heat

Hello, sweet summer! Hello vacations, cookouts with friends, and weekends by the pool – all the wonderful things associated with these beautiful weather months.

Hello skyrocketing electric bills from the near-constant air conditioning…a not-so-wonderful aspect to your favorite months of the year.

How can you enjoy the glory of the summer weather without breaking the bank on your cooling bills? One way is with energy-efficient, heat-friendly roofing materials. Summer is a great time to consider re-roofing your home if your current roof is old (generally, roofs last about 20 years) because the weather lends itself to quick, efficient roofing processes. Without having to worry about extreme cold, snow, or ice getting in the way, roofers can often re-roof a house in just a few days.

Getting a new roof can also help make your house more energy efficient, thereby reducing not only your heating and cooling costs, but your other household bills as well.  Here are some eco friendly roofing styles and materials to help you beat the heat this summer at an excellent cost.

Built-up roofs

One type of roof that can easily be made energy-saving are built-up roofs. Built-up roofs are composed of a base sheet, fabric reinforcement layers, and a protective surface layer. This surface layer comes in many “cool” options. For instance, you can substitute marble chips for dark gravel in asphalt, use reflective granules or a factory coating instead of a dark coating, or you could apply a cool coating on top of the finished roof.  Cool roof coatings are coatings with special pigments that reflect sunlight. They are applied in thick coatings to protect the roof from absorbing heat as well as UV rays.

Single-ply membranes

Single-ply membranes can be rolled onto a roof and attached with fasteners or adhesives.  These membranes protect the roof, and come in reflective materials to keep roofs cool, preventing heat absorption. They can also be coated with cool roof coatings after installation.  Their ease of installation and superior UV reflection make them an extremely eco friendly roofing option. What could be better?

Modified bitumen sheet membranes

These roofs are made of layers of material (usually plastic or rubber, alternated with reinforced fabrics) that have been surfaced with mineral granules.  Bitumen sheet membranes often come pre-coated for heat resistance, and can be used to surface a build-up roof. They are very durable for high-stress roofing areas, especially around the flashings.

Spray foam roofs

Spray foam roofs are not often idea choices for roofing material, as they tend to be susceptible to damage. They can, however, be coated with a reflective, protective coating that is already reflective and offer cool roof performance, which is ideal.

Cool asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingle roofs are commonly used in residential roofing. They are applied in overlapping rows on top of a tar barrier to help protect your home. Cool asphalt shingles use specially coated grains in the shingle to provide better reflectiveness. Some asphalt shingles can be coated in eco friendly coatings in the factory or as they are applied to make them “cool” shingles. Keep in mind, however, that coating the existing already-installed shingles on your roof is not recommended by most shingle manufacturers.

Slate tile roofs

Slate tiles are naturally earth-toned, and this light color reduces the amount of heat absorbed and transmitted into the building. They have natural reflective properties that will cut down your cooling costs. Unfortunately, slate tiles are a larger up-front investment, and may be harder to transport and work with during installation. They are, however, among the longest-lasting roofing materials on the market. This may appeal to you for a variety of reasons.

Terra cotta or clay roofs

Popular in Spain and the Mediterranean, terra cotta clay roofs are also naturally lighter-colored and therefore cooler. They can also be painted with materials that make them further reflective and weatherproof.

Metal roofs

The natural metallic finish of a metal roof makes it a good solar reflector. They do not, however, re-emit any absorbed heat, so painting a metal roof can make it even cooler. Using a light-colored paint will increase its coolness, as will applying a cool reflective coating during installation.

Green roofs

Green roofs are not only eco-friendly, but fun! These are ideal for tall urban buildings that have flat (or mostly flat) roofs. You can cover the roof in gardens or vegetation. Sometimes called “living roofs,” green roofs use a waterproof membrane that is filled with soil and vegetation.  Living roofs not only keep the building cool, but they also reduce the human footprint and this appeals to many people.  Additionally, they help with water run-off, are excellent at preventing leaks, and provide natural insulation. From an entertaining standpoint, green roofs also provide a great space to host friends and family in nice weather.

Solar panels

Solar panels, or photovoltanic roof shingles, capture the heat of the sun and redirect it into electricity. Solar roofs have recently become much more affordable, and will not only reduce your cooling costs in the summer, but also help reduce your overall electricity use.  Since many now come with a lifetime warranty, you won’t have to worry about continually replacing your roof, as with more traditional roofing types. The upfront cost may be greater, but the lifetime investment is much less.

As the temperature rises, it’s time to consider how you can make your home – starting with your roof – more efficient. You work hard, and you take pride in your home. By installing a cool roof, you will be taking care of your home (preventing leaks and water damage!) and lowering your cooling costs this summer. Many cool roof options may involve a slightly greater up-front investment, but the benefits you will reap this summer – and for many summers to come will certainly make it worth your while.




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Every homeowner will most likely have to replace the shingles on their roof at some point. Asphalt roofs that are exposed to sunlight, heat, cold, rain, wind, snow, sleet and hail might last up to 20 years. There are a few options that you can use that will outlast a conventional asphalt shingle roof. Eco friendly roofing materials  like recycled plastic shingles, recycled metal roofs, even reclaimed wood, are viable options to pick from.  The best option for your home depends on the design of your home, local building codes, and price considerations.

The most popular and the “greenest” of all roofing products are shingles made from recycled waste materials, such as plastic, rubber, or wood fiber. Recycled-content shingles are amazingly durable, and they look good as well. There are many different reasons to pick a recycled roof. Recycled-content roof shingles help divert waste from landfills and reduce our need to extract and process raw materials, which lowers energy consumption and reduces pollution. Some of these products are recyclable, too, and many come with amazing 50-year warranties. A few even carry fire ratings that could lower your insurance rates.

Slate is a natural material and produces an extremely durable roof tile, that can last hundreds of years.

Metal roofing products include at least some recycled material. One advantage of metal roofing is that it can be recycled at the end of its life. Because metal roofs can last up to 50 years, roofing replacement is less frequent, which means less waste in the long run. They offer exceptional durability and fire-resistance, and they’re ideal for those who want to collect rainwater from their roofs to water gardens (or for household uses). You don’t have to worry about chemicals that might leach from a conventional asphalt roof. Standing-seam metal roofs work nicely as the base for thin-film photovoltaic panels, too.

There are lots of different eco friendly roofing options. Go to Mother Earth News HERE for more information



The Best Eco-friendly Roofing Options to Consider

Whether you are looking for roofing that will outlast the typical asphalt shingle or you’re considering an eco-friendly roofing material that is kind to the Earth, there are several options to choose from. Take a look at the best Earth-friendly roofing options for your home this season.


Find Eco Friendly Roofing Alternatives

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.

Recycled Shingles

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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Benefits to be Gained by Eco-Friendly Roofing

The roof is one of the most important features of your house. It offers protection for the rest of your home when the weather gets a little too extreme, and using the right materials for your roof can really enhance the aesthetic of your property. However, as more and more people are turning their focus onto their own environmental footprint, many homeowners are using their roofs as a way to help the planet. For anyone interested in creating a more positive effect on the environment, consider getting solar panels installed on your roof.

Solar Energy

Solar power has been talked about for years now as being a potential source of alternative energy. The results are very promising, and there are numerous advantages to take into consideration aside from the environmental benefits. The financial savings are a key area many homeowners tend to focus on. Installing solar panels can carry a heavy upfront price; fortunately,numerous individuals find that they qualify for subsidy programs or tax credits, which can help offset some of the cost.

Having solar panels installed onto your roof is also a great way to reduce your dependency on traditional power sources. Rates from electric companies have been known to spike suddenly. Utilizing solar energy helps keep your bills at a fixed rate, so you are less susceptible to these unexpected increases.

Other Options

If solar panels are not quite your thing, the roofing material you use can also affect your ecological impact. For keeping your home well-insulated, metal roofing is a great choice. Metal roofstypically have a lifespan of about 50 years, making themmuch more durable than other options. Additionally, it can be recycled when it needs to be replaced.


Your roof is a vital component of your property, and if you are considering making any alterations, you should consult with a professional beforehand. Without the proper expertise in this area, you could end up doing more harm than good by tackling a roofing project by yourself. A professional roofing team will give you the roof you want at a price you can afford.



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