Sustainable Roofing

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Homeowners who are concerned about the environment can ask their Denver roofing specialists which type of roof is the most sustainable. Many types of roofing systems and products can be designed to increase energy efficiency and lower cooling costs. Informed homeowners who know which building materials are more eco friendly than others will most likely be satisfied with their purchase.

With the broad application of the concept of sustainability, homeowners have great latitude in making environmentally responsible roofing choices. The best option is to combine sustainable roofing practices and products. This will conserve resources for future generations, reducing the homeowner’s carbon footprint and making the home energy efficient.

At its simplest, sustainability represents a “net zero” loss of resources. For natural products, it means that a material’s harvest must not exceed the material’s rate of replenishment. The roofing industry has made great advances in this area. For example, modern wooden shakes are made from a type of cedar that reaches maturity at a rate that can keep up with the demand for production.

Using waste from one industry to supply another could be considered a sustainable practice as well, especially if that waste is abundant.

Used automobile tires are a virtually inexhaustible resource, so manufacturing roofing tiles from recycled tires could be considered a sustainable roofing practice, even though the initial production of the tires might not be.

Taking advantage of an inexhaustible natural resource is also a sustainable practice. Using this type of resource has little or no effect on its future supply. Proponents of fiber cement and fiberglass materials, for example, consider them to be sustainable products because they are made primarily from sand.

Some products are eco friendly because their longevity helps conserve the resources used in their manufacture. Metal roofing and certain types of long lasting asphalt shingles would be considered sustainable because they can last 50 years or more.

Energy efficient products could be considered sustainable, even if they themselves are not sustainably produced. Because they lower the amount of fuel needed to produce energy, they reduce the amount of pollution in the air. In this sense, foam insulation could be considered a sustainable use of an otherwise environmentally undesirable product.

The materials used to manufacture modern roofs are significantly more environmentally friendly than past alternatives were. However, some types of roofing systems might be considered more sustainable than others. Climate has the most impact on roofing sustainability. For example, a metal roof might be considered more sustainable for a snowy region than a shingle roof because it sheds snow better, leading to fewer ice related roof replacements.

A roofing contractor from All Around Roofing of Denver can answer any questions you have about metal roofing or flat roof systems. Ask a Question.