When remodeling, repairing or improving your home, there may be some new materials available for homeowners to choose from that were not available when the home was first built or most recently updated. These days there are more and more products being developed and sold with energy-efficient, Eco-friendly and “green” technologies.
People invest in using these new building materials for a number of reasons. Often these materials may have a higher initial investment, but then pay dividends in lower utility bills and increased comfort and appearance throughout the life of the product.
Energy-efficient materials may offer several benefits including saving money on heating and cooling bills, easing the industrial impact on the environment through convenience of harvest, transport, production and manufacturing, and increasing the comfort levels in your home by stabilizing indoor temperatures and humidity.
Energy-efficient, eco-friendly building materials are now available for new siding and roofing applications. Jacksonville roofing companies have a variety of energy efficient roofing materials suitable for repairs, remodels and new roof installations.
Working with a local contractor that is experienced and familiar with the specific challenges that Jacksonville homeowners face is the best way to decide what materials will most benefit you to utilize in and on your home. The prevailing heat and humidity in the Jacksonville, FL climate presents unique challenges when building and remodeling homes, and experienced advice from Jacksonville roofing companies at the start of the material selection process and all the way through the installation and ongoing maintenance will help ensure you are as happy as possible with the appearance and performance of your new roof.
For decades, asphalt shingles have been the most commonly used materials for roofing. The production of asphalt itself uses a lot of energy and creates industrial pollution as the asphalt is turned into the shingles we currently use. Asphalt will also absorb and hold heat which can create extra air conditioning costs in an already hot environment. Newer options that are more eco-friendly and energy efficient include things like metal, wood and clay roofing.
Metal roofs are typically made of steel, or sometimes tin. They may be regular shingle sized or built from longer, larger pieces depending on the application. The base metal pieces will usually be treated with either zinc or aluminum which helps prevent corrosive damage to the roof. Metal roofs are popular with Jacksonville roofing companies, like A. J Wells, due to the fact that they reflect sunlight and heat, which will reduce utility costs, and with proper care and maintenance, they can last up to 50 years.
Metal roofs are more expensive to manufacture and transport than some other choices, but with an average shingle roof lasting between 15-30 years, the longevity of a metal roof can more than pay for itself over the life of your home. A metal roof may also have some insurance benefits (check your homeowner’s policy) which could save money on premiums due to its increased durability. Metal roofing also offers a wide variety of color and appearance choices.
Wood is another energy-efficient choice for roofing as it is a very good insulating material, and a well-made roof lasts 30-50 years. It is more challenging to prepare and install than some other roofing materials, as for the best appearance the shingles must be cut and laid with the natural grain of the wood. These factors lead to wood roofing being one of the more expensive options for roof materials. Wood roofing may also be more visually attractive to some homeowners, but the fact that it naturally expands and contracts can cause issues with the longevity of the product. This is especially true in a very humid environment.
An increasingly popular energy-efficient and eco-friendly roofing product is clay. Clay roofing is typically installed in tiles and may be a bit more expensive on its initial investment, but the long-term benefits can help pay for the roof over time. Clay is fire resistant, good at reflecting sunlight and a great natural insulator. Clay is very heavy however, and not all homes are structurally designed to handle the extra weight a clay roof would bring. Clay roofing is most widely used in the Southwest area of the U.S.