Choosing an Eco-Friendly Roof

Not only is it fashionable to be eco-friendly; it’s extremely necessary and can be financially justifiable as well. Talking about environmentally responsible options with Ocean County roofing contractors is a great idea before making any decisions regarding a new roof. There are several options to research when looking into eco-friendly roofing that are available and popular all over the world.

The easiest method to saving money and being energy efficient is to select a light-colored roof. This type of roof is known as a cool roof because it reflects sunlight rather than absorbing it. A light roof can be accomplished with many different types of roofing materials and therefore it is more financially justifiable for any budget.

Wood roofs are not only beautiful on many different types of residential property; they are also very environmentally friendly. This is because they are made from natural, renewable materials. Wood roofing is very durable and provides excellent protection against the elements. A wood roof can last considerably longer than asphalt roofing and offers excellent insulation, making it much more energy efficient as well. Wood roofing shingles can be recycled at the end of their life as well.

Another eco-friendly option is a metal roof. Metal roofing materials are all made from at least a percentage of recycled metal.

They will last well over 50 years if properly installed and maintained and can be recycled again once the roof has reached the end of its life. Metal roofs are not as loud as people would imagine and their reflective material keeps the rays of the sun from absorbing and unnecessarily heating the building in warm weather.

While the initial cost of installation is higher, energy saving costs can be quite substantial. There are insurance savings available, as well as adding to the value of the building itself. With a metal roof, there is much less, or no maintenance required. They are designed to protect against virtually all types of weather and have a beautiful aesthetic look as well, since they are available in many different colors and styles.

A clay roof is another eco-friendly option. These roofing tiles can be made from salvaged materials and are designed to last well over 100 years. They provide a very specific look to the building and are very popular on Spanish and Mediterranean style architecture in addition to other types of buildings. Clay tiles are a much heavier material and it will be necessary to make certain that the roof is properly supported structurally. A roofing contractor from Fortified Roofing of Ocean County NJ can answer your questions about gutters or new roofs.

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The term eco-friendly is abbreviated for “ecologically” friendly. Specifically, eco-friendly materials and practices are designed to have a lower adverse impact upon the environment. The more eco-friendly a product, the less harm will come to the planet in one form or another.

Question and answer from Ocean County roofing experts Fortified Roofing:

Why do light-colored roofs save energy?

When a light-colored roof is installed, the lighter color of the roofing materials will reflect rather than absorb sunlight. When sunlight is absorbed, it will heat the attic area of the building. The air conditioning unit will have to work harder to maintain a cooler overall temperature to the interiors of the building, causing an increase in energy usage and more power to be used from the power grid.

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