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How to Choose Eco-Friendly Roofing Materials

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How to Choose Eco-Friendly Roofing Materials

In 2023, one of the top trends in roofing is eco-friendly roofing materials. While homeowners continue to value roofing materials with sustainability, durability, and affordability, eco-friendliness is gaining popularity. Unlike years prior, eco-friendly roofing materials are becoming more affordable, available, and guaranteed to last. Not only do eco-friendly roofing materials a quality choice but in some cases, they give back to the environment.   Check out the list below for the most popular eco-friendly roofing material options and decide which best fits your roofing project. .

1. White (Cool Roof)

Did you know you can lower your energy costs by the color of roof you select? Any roof that is light-colored or white helps reduce the cost of energy bills.  White roofs reflect the sun’s rays, in effect, making your house cooler, especially in the summer.  While some lighter roof materials, like asphalt, are harder to recycle, it is one of the cheapest eco-friendly options on the market.

2. Metal Roofing

While metal roofing is more expensive than other choices, its longevity and light-reflecting abilities are remarkable. Many people do not like the look or the sounds that a metal roof brings, but it is an undeniably eco-friendly roofing material that is 100% recyclable. Metal roofs are highly durable and boast a lifespan of 50 years. Unlike most roofing, metal roofs require little to no maintenance. During the warmer months, metal roofs reflect light reducing energy costs.  In the winter, snow tends to slide off, preventing ice dams.  Best of all, metal roofs are fire-resistant.

3. Reclaimed Slate/Clay

Reclaimed clay roofs have been around for centuries.  Their exceptional durability can last up to 100 years, and they are especially popular in regions with warmer climate regions, like the Southwest United States. The light-colored slate or clay reflects the sun’s rays and helps save on energy bills.  Although slate or clay tiles may outlast metal roofs, the cost is much higher.  The slate tiles need extra reinforcement to support the heavy clay or slate tiles.  Replacing the broken or chipped tiles only adds to the overall cost.

4. Wood Shake Roofing

A wood shake roof gives a home the timeless look of wood shingles and can be made from biodegradable shingles, making it an eco-friendly roofing material.  The downside is the flammability and lifespan of the wood shake roof.  This type of roof typically lasts less than 15 to 25 years and requires regular maintenance to keep the wood from splitting and fading.

5. Solar Panels

Solar roofing transform the energy from the sun into useful, clean energy we can use to heat/cool our homes, power our appliances, charge our phones, etc. Solar panels work through all types of weather, even snow.  The main benefits are the money saved in energy bills and government incentives and federal tax credits that may reward you for installing eco-friendly roofing materials. The downside is the investment in installation of solar panels on your roof.

6. Corrugated Roofing

Corrugated Roofing is the superior option for homeowners living in harsh climates.  They can withstand extreme elements due to their remarkable durability.  Fortunately, with advanced technology, corrugated roofing has improved in style, color, and appearance.  Manufacturers can produce various designs.  The material used is easy to repair and outlasts most other roofing materials.

7. Green Roofing

This eco-friendly roofing material is truly green because your roof is made of an actual garden. With its natural insulation and overall improved air quality, green roofing has long-term benefits. Unfortunately, this comes at a high price. The amount of planning, design, and analysis can cost homeowners much more than other roofing options, but provide an environmentally-friendly way to reduce energy expenses significantly.

8. Recycled Material Shingle Roof

Shingles made from recycled materials such as plastic, wood, and rubber are the most eco-friendly roofing materials available. In fact, most shingles are made from recycled content.  With a lifespan of over 50 years, asphalt shingles can withstand various climates and are a durable alternative to reclaimed slate. Using shingles from recycled materials helps bring down environmental waste. They also do not require the need for new raw materials, which reduces pollution.

9. Anti-Smog Shingles

This roofing material deserves an eco-friendly roofing material category all its own!  The new anti-smog shingles from Malarkey are incredibly durable and remarkably eco-friendly because they harness the energy of the sun to transform smog and harmful air impurities into environmentally-friendly emissions. Not only do these shingles enhance your home’s aesthetics, but they also save the environment. Every home that uses these Malarkey shingles has the same environmental effect as planting two trees!  Pro-Homes Services is proud to offer Malarkey Anti-Smog shingles. Choosing the Marlarkey shingles is a win for the homeowner and the environment.

With so many eco-friendly roofing materials available, where is a homeowner to start?  Pro-Home Services can help. Our exterior home improvement pros will help you decide what eco-friendly roofing material is best for your home and your budget. If you are considering installing eco-friendly roofing materials, give Pro-Home Services a call today! (630)-790-0800

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