Eco-Friendly Roofing Made Simple

Asphalt shingles are the standard material used on residential roofs. While they effectively serve the intended purpose, they also put an increased burden on our already fragile environment.

“There are alternatives that are equally aesthetically pleasing and eco friendly.”

Many people feel that standard shingles themselves are a large investment; implementing eco-friendly roofing material into the job seems like a waste of money. What they fail to realize, however, is that the right combination of quality roofing material and proper insulation converts over the lifetime of the roof into savings on heating and cooling costs. Choosing the right green roofing material involves careful consideration of the quality of the material.bigstock-House-And-Scale-Energy-Efficie-13239215

 “Darker colors can actually raise the overall outdoor temperature due to the heat absorption they promote.”

Little consideration, if and any, is often put into the color they choose for their roof beyond what they find pleasing to the eye. It is worth noting, however, that darker colors can actually raise the overall outdoor temperature due to the heat absorption they promote. Larger cities with a high percentage of dark roofs, for example, will often register an increased high temperature on a sunny day than surrounding smaller communities. This speeds up the already looming problems posed by global warming, and it requires people to further strain the environment through increased power demand to cool warm houses. Opting for a lighter colored roof is always an excellent choice with any material.

There are a couple of options for those considering implementing green roofing materials into their upcoming roof job. Metal is a popular choice due to its increased ability to reflect sunlight which significantly reduces utility costs, but they are expensive to transport and require a lot of energy to produce. Wood, another green option, is also a good insulator, but its natural tendency to frequently inflate and compress makes it more prone to damage.

Clay is an excellent material to utilize on a new roof. It is a terrific insulator, fire resistant and perfect for reflecting damaging sun rays. The initial price tag tends to scare off potential customers, but they fail to keep in mind the money it will save over time. Recycled materials can also be used to create a beautiful new look while maintaining the environment.

Choosing to spend the time and consideration in implementing green roofing materials is a wise, eco-friendly step to take. This small yet considerably significant favor to the environment, when implemented by enough people, can make an enormous difference in the world our children will live in tomorrow.


Going Solar (Roofing Alternatives in Jacksonville, FL)

Solar Panels, Roofing ServicesAt A.J. Wells Roofing, we can offer you the most eco-friendly and energy efficient options for your roof to keep your cost and bills low.  Using a variety of “cool roof” products and installations, you can help reduce the money spent on air conditioning and possibly qualify for local utility company rebates.

Having a cool roof means that the roof’s surface has both high reflectivity and high emissivity.  High reflectivity requires the surfacing material to reflect solar energy away from the exterior.  To control high emissivity, you must radiate heat energy away from the surface.  Along with other benefits, a reflective roof can reduce the thermal shock that occurs on the roof surface and in return makes the roof last longer.

AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, we have a wide selection of cool roofs and eco-friendly systems that come in a plethora of colors and styles.  These solar safe tiles are designed to perform as a roofing product rather than a traditional solar panel.  The solar tiles are durable and provide reliable power generation, which in turn reduces pollution and green house gas emissions while delivering sustainable energy.

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