Concerns of homeowners have changed in recent years, putting an emphasis on lowering energy costs and emissions and using recyclable building materials. If you’re looking for a way to make your home greener or save more green, start at the top. These five roofing types are the best for modern homes.
Asphalt Shingle Roofs
Asphalt shingle roofs have been a residential standby for more than 100 years. Technology and material improvements have caught them up to the 21st century.
Previously, multi-layer laminated asphalt shingles had to be made by hand. Developments by manufacturers have made weather-resistant laminate shingles readily available in more elaborate shapes, profiles, colors and with fewer emissions than ever before.
Asphalt shingles of today can even mimic the look of natural slate and genuine cedar shake. In addition to their appearance and durability, algae-resistant (label AR) and ENERGY STAR® rated shingles are available.
Slate Roof Shingles
Modern upscale homes are utilizing slate roof shingles quite a bit. Along with a natural appearance, fire resistance, invulnerability to rot, ease of maintenance, and an expected life of a century, Slate is available in a variety of colors and styles.
Slate does have some disadvantages, though – including weight and cost, and the high degree of expertise needed for installation. Slate tiles are delicate as well so they often need repairs and can cause your gutters to get clogged as slate ships off and isn’t washed out easily.
With the increased interest in industrial architecture and energy efficiency, metal roofs offer green homeowners a solution that’s as environmentally friendly as it is stylistic.
Made of tin, aluminum, copper, and galvanized steel, metal roofs can save homeowners up tp 40 percent on energy costs. Different finishes can optimize your home to keep heat in or out, depending on the climate. This “cool roof” solution can also withstand most things Mother Nature throws its way.
In addition to energy savings and durability, metal roofs also boast longevity and recyclability. Some metal roofs are rated to last more than 60 years and are made of recycled materials that can be infinitely recycled. Did someone say green?
Wood Shake Roofs
Made from cedar, cypress, pine, and redwood, wood shake roofs do require trees to be cut and made into shingles but wood shingles can often be reused and repurposed after use like burned for low emission heating.
The more sustainable the source of your wood shakes, the more environmentally friendly they will be. Their creation uses less fossil fuel emissions than their asphalt counterparts and typically lasts ⅔ longer. When maintained, wood shakes can lower energy bills in both summer and winter.
Wood shake is desirable for its low environmental impact but also for its stunning individuality. It looks like no other roofing product and provides the same protection as other materials.
Typically used in commercial applications, rubber roofs are still fit for homes with low-sloping or flat roofs. Made from synthetic rubber polymers or plastic polymers, they aren’t the most green but can cut energy bills in half.
Rubber roofs can be more expensive than other roofing types but can be installed right on top of an existing shingle roof in half the time. Their heating and cooling capabilities along with lower labor costs pay for themselves.