All About âGoing GreenâOctober 18, 2018
At some point, every roof gets damaged and needs some work done. Whether youâre considering roofing replacement, repair, or shingle replacement, why not consider making an eco-friendly decision and âgo greenâ? With modern advancements in roofing technology, itâs never been easier to switch from toxic and non-recyclable materials to equally durable, but environmentally-friendly options. Two of the most common types of eco-friendly roofing include recycled shingles or wood shake roofing. If your goal with roofing is to minimize your ecological footprint, either of these options will do, each with their own unique benefits and drawbacks.
One of the more popular options, recycled shingles are actually made entirely from recycled waste materials. This includes plastic, rubber, or wood fiber â and itâs not nearly as unattractive as it sounds! In fact, in most cases, you canât even tell that a roof is comprised of recycled materials. Theyâre durable as well, since they can be made out of just about any material you prefer, including highly weather-resistant roofing like plastic. By recycling industrial and consumer waste, these shingles divert materials which would otherwise end up in landfills and cut down on our need, as a society, to produce more materials.
Wood Shingles and Shake Roofing
Wood roofing has long been a popular option throughout the United States for reasons largely unrelated to its green properties. Itâs extremely attractive and provides a rustic flair you just canât really get with any other kind of roofing. While cedar shake has been the dominant species of wood roofing for decades, you might even consider newer, more eco-friendly options. Check up on your local building codes first, and then consider looking into reclaimed lumber for your wood roof. The process of reclaiming lumber simply means taking wood from mills, bridges, etc. and processing it for roofing use. It looks great and itâs eco-friendly!