All About Going Green

October 18, 2018

At some point, every roof gets damaged and needs some work done. Whether you’re considering roofing replacement, repair, or shingle replacement, why not consider making an eco-friendly decision and go green? With modern advancements in roofing technology, it’s 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.

Recycled Shingles

One of the more popular options, recycled shingles are actually made entirely from recycled waste materials. This includes plastic, rubber, or wood fiber and it’s not nearly as unattractive as it sounds! In fact, in most cases, you can’t even tell that a roof is comprised of recycled materials. They’re 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. It’s extremely attractive and provides a rustic flair you just can’t 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 it’s eco-friendly!