Green Materials

recycled roofWhen it comes to selecting a roofing material that is environmentally friendly, there are several options. Even some of the more popular roofing materials are now available in recycled varieties. All it takes is a little knowledge about how to make smart choices in roof materials to save you money and save the environment.

Recycled Materials

A substitute for the traditional asphalt shingles is synthetic version made from plastic or rubber that is mixed with wood waste. These recycled material shingles look almost identical to asphalt shingles but provide more benefits than traditional shingles.
They are lighter weight, are UV resistant, fire resistant and last much longer than asphalt shingles.

Solar Materials

When people think of solar panels, they picture the big and bulky eye sores previously modeled during their debut. The fact is that solar panels have come a long way and many solar roof materials are thin, lighter weight and may even blend in aesthetically with the look of the house. They are a little more costly to purchase and install, but the money saving benefits are seen immediately. Solar panels provide a quiet, non-polluting way to create your own renewable source of energy. Say good-bye to high utility bills as solar panels can save you hundreds of dollars a year. Even better, if the electricity goes out, your home will still have a remaining power source.

Green Roof Materials

One new trend in America is green roofs. These systems have been used all over the world for many years and provide a unique way to save money while helping the environment. A green roof is a vegetated roof cover that is constructed on top of a roof desk. They include grasses, plants, shrubs and even trees. They are generally self-sustaining and offer a low maintenance alternative for homeowners. These roofs have become more popular in dense urban area, where green space is limited and the quality of air is poor. A green roof is an easy way to absorb carbon dioxide and reduce heat absorption in the roof. They also provide a natural way to filter rainwater runoff and create a garden atmosphere for urban residents.