While a lot of homeowners and builders alike are starting to focus on eco-friendly building options, the one area of the home that is often overlooked when it comes to green materials is the roof. Thankfully, as the industry moves more and more towards lowering the carbon footprint of homes and job sites, there are a lot more green and eco-friendly options emerging.
While some people may be worried about the initial upfront costs of green materials, these types of roofs can actually end up saving homeowners a lot of money in the future as they can reduce costs and help save the environment. And they can do all of this while looking just as stylish and lavish as nearly any other roofing material you may be used to traditionally seeing.
Metal roofed homes are known for having a very appealing antique look, however, a roof made out of copper, tin, aluminum, or even galvanized steel will not only look classic and cool but can also help you drastically reduce your household’s carbon footprint when compared to the typical shingles used to build a roof. Metal is one of the most commonly used eco-friendly roofing options in Florida, and this is because it is easily recycled and lasts a long time. While the initial cost of this type of roof may be a little higher than others, the savings you will see in the long run make it well worth the upfront costs.
Quickly gaining popularity around Florida, the living roof is one of the best eco-friendly roofing options on the market. These roofs come in two main varieties: Intensive and extensive. The difference between these two options is that intensive living roofs are a lot more suitable for larger, commercial buildings and can even have trees, walkways, plants, and even parks built into them. Whereas, extensive green living roofs are built to support a much lighter variation of greens such as vegetation. In order to have this as a suitable building material or roof option for your home or business, you need to have the amount of weight your structure is able to hold assessed. While extremely green, these types of roofs require a lot of upkeep and regular tending, much like your typical garden. This roof option is perfect for planting edible plants in order to cut down on expenses and food waste. However, they are not great for structures with slanted roofs.
Yup, you read that right. While a lot of people are totally unaware of this innovative and cheap option when it comes to roofing materials, it is pretty eco-friendly. This material is made using recycled tires by melting down the tread and coating it with saw or slate dust. This material is then made to look like any other type of shingle design you would like, however it comes with the extreme durability of rubber. This type of roof is great because they require little to no maintenance once installed and because they can be painted, they can be made to fit any look, color or style you want for your home.
With more and more people becoming sensitive to the shift towards eco-friendly building materials, and construction items, it is no surprise that the world of roofing is seeing the impact of the trend. With this eco-friendly market only growing as time goes on, it is good to know that there are plenty of roofing options available when the time comes for you to redo your roof. If you like to learn more about the eco-friendly roofing options we can install for you, contact us today!