The approach of Earth day in April has been making us think about green roofing innovations. Many people are not aware that the roofing industry has many green options. This is a huge misconception. Below are a couple of green options currently available in today’s roofing market.
One way to make your roof green is to consider the coatings used on your roof system. Using a roofing material that is reflective is a simple and easy way to keep solar heat out of your home. Instead of absorbing the heat, the roof reflects it back into the sky. These reflective materials can have impacts that go beyond your home. Reflective roofing materials help to keep the environment around a building (the city) cool because the heat is reflected rather than absorbed. This reduces what is known as the heat island effect. Information about reflective roofing material properties is provided by The Cool Roofing Materials Database. When you are looking for a new roofing material, check for ENERGY STAR labeled roofing products. These products are heat reflective and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10 to 15 percent.
Another option is using recycled roofing materials for your roof coverings. In today’s market, roofing materials are made from recycled plastic, carpet, rubber tires, reclaimed wood, and metal. Recycled metal roofing has been around the longest and has one of the best success records of all recycled materials. Metal roofing systems have been advanced in major ways in the last decade and are certainly worth your consideration.
There are many things about metal roofing you might not be aware of. For example, shingles can be made from either recycled aluminum or recycled steel. The process of recycling aluminum (as opposed to mining and processing virgin ore) results in savings of up to 95 percent. Additionally, steel can be recycled many times over from both pre and post-consumer sources including cans, appliances, cars, and construction materials. Today, almost all steel products contain at least a small amount of recycled steel. The steel recycling industry is a strong force in the green movement. Every year, they save enough energy to power about 18 million homes. Recycling steel also results in the conservation of a staggering amount of natural resources: for every ton of recycled steel, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are saved. Standing Seem and Stone Coated Steel roofing—which looks like tile, wood shake, or shingles—are both great ways to go when it comes to metal roofing. Also remember that steel is both energy efficient and impact resistant to hail. Not to mention insurance companies often give homeowners significant discounts for using steel roofing.
Installing a new roof in an environmentally friendly manner is certainly possible. Red River Roofing can help you install a roofing system that is environmentally responsible with our choices in coating and roofing materials. If you have questions about green roofing or a different roofing topic, feel free to contact us by phone or visit our website to determine which option would work best for your unique home. Don’t forget that River Roofing is Oklahoma’s most Reliable Reputable Resource for any and all of your roofing needs. Our home office is located in Edmond for your convenience.