All About Residential Roofing and Sustainability

23 Apr All About Residential Roofing and Sustainability

solar panels on roofIn the spirit of spring and of nationally recognized holidays like Earth Day and Arbor Day, it’s only appropriate to take a look at how home roofing can contribute to a better environment and healthier ecosystem. And it’s in more ways than you think. Here is a quick guide to home roofing, energy efficiency, material recycling, and more.

Energy Efficient Roofing, or ‘Cool Roofs’

Many roofing suppliers make it a top priority to offer energy efficient options that will help you conserve energy throughout the year in your home. You’ll usually see these shingles designated with a special Energy Star® or Cool Roof Rating Council rating. According to Energy Star®, for example, products that receive a special Energy Star rating must be at least 30 percent more energy efficient than their standard counterparts. So if you are in the market for a new roof for your home, chances are your investment can also mean lower energy bills in the near future.

Energy efficient roofing is designed to have greater reflectance than traditional shingles, which in turn means for more comfortable temperatures in your attic and upper areas of your home. When these areas in the home are getting the proper ventilation, the heating and cooling systems in your home do not need to run as much to make comfortable living temperatures. Overall, an energy efficient roofing system will make the temperatures in your home much more stable.

How much you will save on energy per year with a new roof will vary by geographic location, home size, and other factors, but Energy Star® estimates that homeowners can save about 10 to 15 percent on cooling in warmer months of the year when they opt for cool roofs for their homes. And when homes are consuming less energy, this means for less in greenhouse gas emissions.

Shingle Recycling

Today, more and more older shingles from homes are being recycled instead of going to landfills. And with roofs weighing up to three or four tons in building materials, this is great news for the environment. The valuable materials that shingles contain mean that they can be recycled and reused, most commonly for pavement in road building. You’ll also see them being repurposed for road maintenance, for making new roofing materials, and for producing energy. Even the nails used to hold shingles in place can get recycled; asphalt shingle recyclers use extremely strong magnets to pull the nails away from the shingles during the recycling process.

All in all, the process of removing old roofing and installing a new one is getting more and more sustainable. If sustainability is important to you, and you’re looking to make your home greener, give us a call today to set up a free, no-obligation estimate for a new roof for your home.

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