Combating problems like climate change, pollution and the destruction of ecosystems is going to require effort from everyone at all levels of society. This even includes homeowners. One way you can help is by making sure your home is constructed with sustainable materials. One part of your home where this should be the case is the roof. Below are a few different sustainable roofing options for you to consider.
One way to make something into a sustainable building material is to recycle it. As such, one great choice in residential roofing is to use recycled shingles. Quite often, recycled shingles are composed of different materials melded together. This often includes recycled rubber, plastic and wood. The final product typically looks very similar to slate-style roofing. However, the recycled option will be far cheaper in addition to being better for the environment.
Reclaimed Wood Shingles
Wood shingles can give a home a very distinctive and classic look. They can certainly be alluring. Thankfully, you can have wood shingles without contributing to the clearing of forests. Instead, you can choose wood shingles created from reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood is wood that was previously used in other building projects that has been recycled. It’s a great choice for residential roofing if you want to add some panache to your house without adding to your impact on the environment.
A Living Roof
Another choice is something known as a living roof. This is a roof that is covered with grass and other living vegetation. It may sound like something out of a fairy tale or a fantasy movie, but they are more common than you may first assume. The benefits to having a living roof include the ability to lower heating costs, weighing less and lasting longer than other options for a roof.
Some extra maintenance will be required, however. This may include mowing or trimming as well as watering your roof. You may be able to find and use lower maintenance plants, though, to reduce the amount of maintenance required.
Another option for creating an eco-friendly roof is to install roofing composed of solar panels. Doing so can greatly reduce your reliance on the local power grid and help to eliminate your home’s carbon footprint. Over time, it can save you a great deal on utilities. Newer designs for solar panels are also more efficient and cheaper than ever before. You may even be able to claim a tax credit for the expense on your return.
Certainly consider environmental concerns when building a new home or remodeling an old one. There are many ways you can make your home greener and lessen your impact on the environment. Choosing sustainable roofing is one way to do so.
Anita Ginsburg, the author, is a Freelance Writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.