Realizing that you need to replace your roofing is never a particularly happy time. This is especially true if you are concerned about your carbon footprint and doing the right thing for the environment. This often means a tradeoff, however, with doing the right thing for your wallet, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Although many green options are more costly upfront, the investment is well worth it in the long run.
One of the best options for roofing when you are environmentally conscious is metal roofing. There are numerous options for metal roofing materials, but aluminum alloys are the most common. It is possible to find metal roofing that is made from recycled metal. This roofing is an eco-friendly option because of its longevity. Rather than send shingles to the landfill every 10-15 years, your metal roofing will quite possibly last your lifetime, and even when it does need to be replaced, it can be sent for recycling.
If metal roofing is beyond your budget, there are also other ways to stay a bit on the green side. One thing is to look for shingles that have been constructed from post-consumer or post-industrial waste. These recycled shingles not only keep materials out of landfills, but also use less energy to manufacture.
Regardless of whether you go with shingles or metal roofing, one more tip is to choose a light color. This provides for more light reflection and thus lowers cooling costs in the summer. Anything that does that is good for your budget, as well as the planet.
If you have questions about roofing and the various ways you can make eco-friendly choices, give us a call at Midian Roofing. With two locations to serve you in Rome, Georgia and Fort Mill, South Carolina, we offer various roofing options that will appeal to your desire to be earth friendly.