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.”
“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.