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Environmentally Friendly Roofing Options

4 Environmentally Friendly Roofing Options to Consider

Durability and longevity are key things to consider when replacing your Colorado Springs roof. However, also finding a roofing material that’s environmentally friendly is equally as important since it can reduce the project’s effect on the environment, your pocketbook, and your overall energy consumption. When considering roofing products, these are four of the most environmentally friendly roofing options available:

  1. Asphalt Shingles: Although traditional asphalt shingles have limited recyclability, the product itself has options for the environmentally-conscious customer. For instance, Malarkey Roofing Products manufactures asphalt shingles that contain recycled materials. In fact, the average 30-square Malarkey asphalt shingle roof contains about 5.5 recycled tires and 350 plastic milk jugs. Additionally, Malarkey asphalt shingle roofs contain smog-reducing granules. These granules break smog particles down when exposed to UV rays. With the addition of smog-reducing granules, the average 30-square Malarkey asphalt shingle roof reduces smog as much as two or more trees. 
  2. Stone-Coated Steel: Stone-coated steel roofs, like DECRA or Boral Steel roofs, are great options for the environmentally conscious homeowner. Stone-coated steel roofs are not only made from recycled materials, but they can be recycled over and over again after tear-off. In addition to their recyclability, stone-coated steel roofs reduce waste because they last an average of 40-70 years. That’s two or three times as long as the average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof. A stone-coated steel roof can also provide better insulation for your home which can help reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling.    
  3. Clay, Concrete, and Slate Tile: Roofing comprised of organic materials, like clay, concrete, and slate roofing are naturally environmentally friendly. Natural tile roofs are durable and long-lasting, eliminating the need for frequent roof tear-offs and replacements. Tile roofs require little maintenance and offer superior energy efficiency. Like stone-coated steel roofs, tile roofs can keep your home cool during summer and warm during winter, reducing the need for excess energy usage. 
  4. Metal Roofing: Similar to stone-coated steel roofing, standing seam metal roofing is often made of recycled materials and maintains end-of-life recyclability. Metal roofing is also energy efficient as the material reflects the sun’s UV rays, keeping your home cool during summer and reducing energy use. Furthermore, standing seam metal roofs are long-lasting and require little maintenance. A metal roof can last up to 50 years on average, again, reducing waste by reducing the need for frequent roof replacements.

If you are in the market for a new roof, be sure to consider these environmentally friendly roofing material options. Not only are these options eco-friendly, but they can help you save money long term. Are you looking to replace or repair your roof? Give us a call at (719) 487-7663 for a roofing estimate or contact us online.