Green Building Materials: Roofing

Posted August 26, 2014 by Gabriel Posternak

Did you know that you can go green even in your roofing materials? It is so easy to fall back into or rely upon standard ways of redoing our roofs that sometimes we may not even consider eco-friendly roofing or green home roofing materials.

Of course standard roofing elements are common place, but have their own set of down falls. For example, standard and traditional roofing is exposed to all the elements such as sunlight, heat, snow and wind just to name a few. Of course, rain is no easy element to keep at bay.

Moreover, if you want a roof that will outlast the elements, consider eco-friendly roofing for your needs. The good thing about green home roofing materials is that these products come in many varieties from shingles made from recycled plastic to metal roofs from recycled metal.

Of course, you will have to check your local community building codes to see what you can and cannot utilize, but the options are many.

Recycled Shingles

The great thing about this option is that recycled shingles can use a bevy of materials for its construction:

  • Plastic
  • Rubber
  • Metal
  • Wood fiber

You may even find shingles that are post consumer waste materials ( left over materials from other homes). Thankfully, these types of shingles look lovely and none of your neighbors will ever know that they came from recycled materials.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

Wood shingles and shakes are nothing new as these have been utilized in many parts of the world. Unfortunately, the harvesting of old growth trees is not as sustainable enough to endure long term.

So, perhaps you might like to consider a product made from reclaimed or repurposed lumber. There are homes and even sometimes barns that utilize wood reclaimed for exactly this purpose.

Another advantage of utilizing recycled and repurposed lumber is that some companies try to source their local communities thereby saving on transportation and energy.

Slate Roofing Options

Thankfully, slate is an all-natural material that allows for extra durability as well. When it comes to roofing, of course, durability is one of your top concerns. So, you receive the bonus of extra durability and being eco-friendly as well.

Metal Roofing

One of the biggest benefits of metal roofing is that it can be recycled when its life-term has expired. Thankfully, metal roofing can last decades upon decades therefore making replacement of an existing roof considerably less.

So, this makes for an energy efficient solution to your roofing needs.

Rubber Roofs

Utilizing old rubber steel belted radial tires is another wonderful way to incorporate sustainability into your roofing needs. Another benefit is in its longevity and durability.

Of course, as you can see, there are many options but it also depends on how much you would like to spend and the building codes in your community and area, as well.

However, no matter how you look at it, there is sure to be an option for green building roofing materials that will suit you and your family for years to come.

Posted August 26, 2014
by Gabriel Posternak.


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