Eco-friendly Roofing Materials

With issues such as global warming, sustainability, carbon footprints and other environmental concerns in the headlines these days, many people are becoming very conscious of their own impact on the planet. When considering the purchase of a new roof, there are many choices out there for roofing made from recycled materials. In addition, some materials can be recycled themselves at the end of their lifespan. An experienced Ocean County roofing professional can provide expert advice about the pros and cons of all of these options.

Asphalt shingles are the most common form of roofing in the United States, and there are options from some manufacturers for shingles made from recycled materials. All asphalt shingles have a base. The more durable of these is fiberglass, but there are shingles manufactured which have a base made from recycled paper or wood. In some cases, the asphalt covering can contain recycled materials.

It used to be the case that asphalt shingles ended up in landfills. Today, most asphalt shingle manufacturers have programs in place to recycle used shingles into asphalt for use on roads.

There are shingles which are manufactured from 100% recycled rubber and or plastic. Examples of these are synthetic slate tiles.

The plastic is recycled from shopping bags and bottles while the rubber comes mainly from old tires. Besides being eco-friendly, these shingles are very durable and can last as long as 50 years or more. Best of all, they are 100 percent recyclable when it comes time to replace them.

Most types of metal roofing are available in styles made from recycled materials, especially steel and aluminum. Sometimes, the recycled content is as high as 98 percent. Although more expensive initially, metal roofing lasts a lot longer than asphalt roofing. Every type of metal roof can be recycled after it is removed.

Reclaimed wood can be repurposed into new shingles or shakes although their use has dwindled due to safety concerns from fire risk. A better alternative is a synthetic wooden shingle, which can be made from recycled wood dust or fibers and recycled plastic.

Perhaps the ultimate recycled roofing is to reuse actual roofing, which can be done with slate and clay tiles. When an older house is destroyed or demolished, these expensive roofing materials are usually salvaged if possible. They are usually less expensive than new ones and can last every bit as long.

Having an environmentally friendly roof doesn’t need to cost any more than one that is not. If everyone bears this in mind when shopping for a new roof, the planet will be better for it. The roofers from Fortified Roofing in Ocean County NJ can answer your questions about new roofs or gutters.

Term explained by the roofers from Fortified Roofing in Ocean County NJ:

Metal roofing

There are countless types of metal roofing these days. Everyone is familiar with the old corrugated steel and rural tin roofs, but there is a wide variety of choices suitable for any home. Choices include steel, aluminum and copper; shingles and sheets; and virtually any color or texture.

Question and answer courtesy of the expert Ocean County roofers from Fortified Roofing in NJ:

Do I need to locate a special eco-friendly roofing company?

No, it’s not necessary. Today, virtually every roofing company will offer environmentally safe roofing products. Not every roofer offers all manufacturers, so you may need to do some research if you are after a particular product. Most manufacturers using recycled materials will offer materials that are similar to the others.

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