You leave an impact on the environment every day when you eat food, shower, and drive to work. You also affect the environment when you build a new home or renovate yours. The decisions you make about your home, from the design to the materials, will determine how big of a carbon footprint its construction will have on the environment. Each year, homes that are torn down add to landfills across the world. If you want to make sure your Rochester, NY home is good to the Earth, check out some of these environmentally friendly roofing options.
Metal is a good choice if you’re looking for an eco-friendly roofing option. The key to finding the right metal roof is choosing the right materials and design. Standing-seam metal roofs are the most popular because they are durable. You can find metal roofs made from eco-friendly materials to lessen your environmental impact and choose a lighter color to reflect more light. A good metal roof can last as long as 50 years and will provide excellent fire resistance. The other benefit is that you won’t have to deal with ice forming on your roof in the rough Rochester winter since the snow will simply slide off the metal roof. When you need to have your metal roof replaced, it can be recycled and made into another product for future use, maximizing its eco-friendliness.
Corrugated roofs are the ones that almost look like waves. This may seem like an odd choice for a roof for your home, but newer corrugated roofs don’t have to be simple bare metal or green plastic roofs. There are numerous colors and styles available that fit residential homes quite well, and many designers are getting creative and making various different shapes. Since corrugated roofing is often made from metal, it’s a good eco-friendly roofing option. Not only that, you won’t have to pay a lot to have a corrugated roof installed and it will be easy to fix if it’s damaged later.
Reclaimed or Recycled Roofing
As you might have guessed, one of the best ways to make sure the roofing material you choose is eco-friendly is to use recycled or reclaimed material. These roofs aren’t made from scratch but are instead the product of recycling or reclaiming material from an old roof. You can find numerous shingles made from recycled materials as well as reclaimed slate and clay tiles. This gives you a lot of possibilities for enhancing your home’s looks with these eco-friendly roofing materials. The best part is, a roof that’s made up of recycled materials can itself be recycled. You won’t have to worry about your roof sitting in a landfill somewhere. Plus, you get the peace of mind of knowing that your roof was made from recycled or reclaimed materials instead of them being sent to a landfill.
Eco-friendly roofing isn’t just about choosing the right materials, it’s also about using the right roofing practices. You might notice some roofing contractors simply throwing all your old roofing materials into a pile to take to the landfill. At JJ Construction, we make sure to sort and separate all the old materials from your roof, so they can be properly recycled. If your old roof materials aren’t properly separated into the appropriate categories, they can’t be recycled. Your Rochester roofing contractor should also consider your heating and cooling bill when installing a new roof, so that you don’t end up spending a fortune and wasting valuable energy.
These are some of the little things JJ Construction does to make sure your Rochester, NY home is eco-friendly. To learn more about the environmental impact of your new roof or schedule an appointment, give us a call at (585) 865-5428.