Environmentally Friendly Roofing Options
Most of us today are waking up to the need of being more environmentally friendly, whether that involves cutting down the waste we throw away or reducing our carbon footprint. This includes ensuring our homes are as eco-friendly as possible — especially the roof.
So what do you need to think about to make your roof as environmentally friendly as possible?
Recycling Roofing Material
One of the most important aspect of an eco-friendly roof is the issue of recycling. Can your roof be made from recycled materials, or can they be recycled once their use is at an end?
If you have a tile or slate roof, for example, these can be broken down and reconstituted when their lifespan has come to an end. This means you can get materials that have already been recycled, as well as knowing they can be recycled again when you’ve finished with them.
However, there are other recyclable roofing materials available — plastic, wood fibre and especially rubber. Liquid rubber is a highly effective roofing material, especially for flat roofs, which can both be made of recycled rubber and recycled after it has to be replaced.
The lifespan of Your Roof
It’s great if your roofing material can be recycled when it has to be replaced, but it’s even better if this isn’t going to be for many years. That’s where tiles and slates score heavily. These materials should last a long time before needing to be replaced — in the case of slate, at least a century.
Liquid rubber roofs, on the other hand, don’t last as long, but a well-constructed roof should be effective for at least twenty years, and perhaps longer. Combined with being easily recyclable (not to mention cheaper), this makes it an effective eco-friendly option.
Insulate Your Roof Efficiently
The likelihood is that one of the biggest elements in your carbon footprint is the energy you waste by heat that’s lost from your home. And, since this is also costing you money, it’s a no-brainer to stop it.
Your roof can be one of the biggest culprits. You can insulate it whatever roofing material you’ve used, but some materials make it easier than others. Perhaps the best of all is to have a green roof — besides looking great, it provides highly effective insulation.
You can go even further, though, in making your roof eco-friendly by installing solar panels, so the heat you use has no carbon cost. Combine this with a long-life, recyclable and well-insulated roof, and you can slash your carbon footprint — and save on bills.
Feel free to get in touch to find out more about environmentally friendly roofing options.