Whether you need to simply replace several shingles on your existing roof or need an entire roof replacement, there are a number of exciting new options to choose from in eco-friendly roofing. Take a look at some of the new and exciting options there are for 2013!
Considered the “greenest” option of all roofing products, new shingles are being made from recycled waste materials. From factory waste to waste from residential homes, these green shingles are surprisingly durable and attractive.
Recycled roof shingles assist in diverting waste products from landfills, and because they eliminate the need to extract and refine raw materials, using these shingles assists in lowering energy consumption and reduces the amount of pollution produced. Many of these new products are accompanied by 50 year warranties, which is virtually unheard of in the roofing industry.
Ask any experienced roofing contractor. For years, wooden shingles and shakes have been the go to material for contractors. However, the problem is that the wood used to create these items comes from old growth cedar trees. In the long run, the continued use of these trees is not going to be sustainable. An additional problem arises from the fact that cedar trees tend to be highly combustible. Many parts of the country that frequently encounter brush fires have outlawed their use in home construction altogether.
To combat this problem, an increasing number of roofing contractors have begun to use reclaimed shingles. The reclaimed wood can come from any number of sources, including mills, bridges, and old wine casks. There are an infinite number of sources for unclaimed wood throughout the country.
Clay and Slate Tiles
Slate is a material that occurs naturally in nature. It is an extremely durable product, and by some estimations, it can last for hundreds of years! There is even one company in Ohio that offers a 100 year warranty on the slate tiles that they sell. Mining, transporting, and processing slate is a time and labor intensive process, so slate tiles tend to be more expensive than other kinds of green roofing materials, but there are a number of companies that offer salvaged and reclaimed slate roofing tiles.