What Are “Green” Roofs & What Can They Do For Me?

Fastening of standing-seam metalIt’s all about the environment these days, “going green” is a hot phrase right now, not only because “green” roofing materials are better for the environment but they are better for your wallet too!

“Green” roofing materials may cost more initially, but the energy savings and environmental protections they provide will last for years to come. If you are considering “going green” on your next roof, here is a list of materials that stand out above the rest.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs bring to mind barns and rustic homes in the country. However they are becoming more popular as people are become more conscious about their energy bills. A metal roof can save you a lot of money on heating and cooling costs because they do not absorb heat like other materials. Metal roofs are made from copper, aluminum or steel, and some of them can last for up to 100 years. Once a metal roof has outlasted its life, it can then be recycled!

Recycled Shingles

Regular shingles made from asphalt can last for up to 20 years, and are rarely recycled. This means recycled asphalt shingles can be expensive to use. Recycled shingles are made from items that have been reclaimed, which otherwise would have been thrown away or put into a landfill. Recycled shingles can last up to 50 years, so you will not have to replace them for a long, long time. They are made by grinding up asphalt shingles that were left over from other job sites or have been removed from homes.

Reflective Coating

Reflective Coating can be applied to asphalt, metal and wood. Reflecting about 80 percent of the sun’s rays, this coating can save a ton of money in energy costs and will mean a significant decrease in the natural resources that are used to heat or cool your home. You can even apply reflective coating yourself, saving you even more money!

Slate and Clay

Clay and slate are both all-natural roofing materials that have been used on roofs for decades. They are extremely energy efficient and are non-toxic. When it’s time to replace, they can be recycled without causing any pollutants from entering the air. Both of these materials can last for 100 years or longer if properly cared for.

Really Green Roofs

So we’re going green, why not take it a step further? In urban areas, green roofing is getting more and more popular. Did you know you can actually have a membrane installed on the roof to allow soil to be added on top? This will allow you to actually plant flowers and other plants, even trees. These absorb heat and moisture from the roof. They last around 40 years but they insulate the home better than other roofing materials. In urban environments where gardens are almost impossible to have, this can present be a great solution for those inclined towards such things.

Want to “Go Green”? Have more questions? Call Atlanta Roofing Specialists at 770-419-2222 today for a free estimate on all your “green roof” options!

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