There are a lot of different roofing materials to choose from to replace your old asphalt shingles. When replacing the old roofing, you may want to consider materials that are greener and have environmentally friendly features, such as being made from recycled waste or sustainable resources. Here are some of the options you may want to consider for a greener asphalt shingle replacement project:
1. Wood Shakes To Give Your Home A Roof Made Of A Sustainable Resource
If you want to have a roof that is made of a sustainable resource, there are only a few choices. The most commonly used type of sustainable roofing material is wood shakes. Wood shakes have been used for centuries and are a great solution for a green roof for your home. Today, there are even choices of different types of treated shake materials, which give you the option to install wood roofing in extreme climates that may be wet or dry. For wetter climates, the treated materials are pressure treated to make them resistant to fungus, insects and rot. In dry climates, wood roofing is a hazard, so the shakes are treated with a fire retardant to protect your home from fire.
2. Composite Roofing Materials That Are Made From Recycled Waste
Another option of a green roofing solution for your home is using roofing materials that are made from recycled waste. Old rubber from discarded tires, or plastic bottles are used to make composites that can be used to roof your home and replace the asphalt shingles. Another benefit of using these alternative materials is that they give you the option to give your home the look of other roofing materials such as slates or shake roofing.
3. Cool Roofing and Roofing Membranes for Flat Green Roof Solutions
Cool roofing is a special style of roofing that is designed to make your home more energy efficient. This can be light colored materials for conventional roofing, or special membranes for flat roofs. The light-colored materials help to reflect the heat to keep your home cool during the summer months, which is great for warmer climates. In northern climates, you may want to have a foam underlayment installed to improve energy efficiency and keep the heat in during the winter months.
These are some of the options you may want to consider for a greener roof replacement. Contact a roofing contractor like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc and talk with them about some of these options when you are ready to have a new roof installed on your home.