All Around Roofing: Trusted Roofing Denver
Many homeowners are not aware of the negative environmental effect that discarded roofing materials can have. The Denver roofing industry alone discards hundreds of thousands of tons of asphalt shingles annually. Since those shingles aren’t biodegradable, the environment footprint is great. Advancements in recycling technology are helping the industry reduce that footprint by repurposing asphalt shingles to a tar that can be used to pave roads and other surfaces.
There are steps that homeowners can take to reduce or at least balance out the effect that their roofs have on the environment. The EPA, for instance, recommends that homeowners purchase roofing materials that are durable and long lasting. Many roofing surfaces that cost more last longer, and if a roof can last 10 or more years beyond the average, then that will reduce the waste simply through the use of less materials. Asphalt shingles must be torn off and discarded more regularly, which results in more materials ending up in landfills.
Homeowners can also make a difference with the roofing materials that they choose. Although much of the reclaimed asphalt mentioned earlier becomes paving tar, reclaimed asphalt shingles are becoming increasingly prevalent. Other options include metal, slate and cedar, all of which have extensive lifespans compared to asphalt. Using cedar shingles or shake may seem counterintuitive.
However, the roofing industry can grow cedar trees faster than it can use them. Cedar roofs last a very long time, and, when they’ve outlived their usefulness, they can be used for a number of ecofriendly purposes.
Roof lifespan isn’t a given, and some industry studies indicate that the average roof doesn’t even last 75 percent of its potential. Homeowners should work to get as much life out of their roofs as possible by regularly cleaning and inspecting them and performing maintenance and repairs as soon as they’re required. This effort will not only help the environment, but will also lower the total cost of ownership as well.
Finally, homeowners should consider taking advantage of the energy and resource efficient opportunities that a roof presents. Installing solar panels or solar shingles along with a new roof can make a significant difference in the amount of power that a home requires from the grid. In colder climates, stored solar energy can be converted directly into heat, which can save even more. Another way to be more ecofriendly is to convert downspouts into water barrels in order to use that rainwater. Heating cables can help this system be useful throughout the year even in cold environments.