Stylish and Sustainable: 5 Eco Friendly Roofs

Lately, solar paneled roofing has become more and more popular in the United States. It is beneficial to the environment and future generations, but it is not the only option. There are some great stylish and trendy options for people who want an alternate environmentally friendly option for their home.

Recycled Shingles
Recycled shingles are one of the greenest types of roofing. They can be made out of recycled waste, clean-post consumer waste, and post-industrial waste.

Despite being made from waste however, these shingles are durable and have a nice aesthetic. They benefit the environment by diverting waste from landfills and reducing our need to extract and process raw materials, which lowers energy consumption and reduces pollution.

Slate and Clay Tiles
Both are natural and highly durable. Companies are so confident in their sustainability that they offer a 100-year warranty. These tiles are fashionable and can be seen on Spanish style homes. Salvaged tile is the greenest option. The only pitfall is the expense but if you have the cash, add this beautiful and eco-friendly roof to your home!

White Roofing
White roofing is great for the summer time because it reflects the sun’s rays away from the house, leaving the interior cooler so you don’t have to run up those AC bills. Buyers should be aware that if it is made of asphalt it is not 100% eco friendly because asphalt is made of petroleum, an almost impossible material to recycle.

Metal Roofing
While metal roofing can be more expensive than an asphalt roof, it is highly durable, recyclable, light reflective, and comes in different colors. There is also very little maintenance involved. If you live in an area where there is heavy snow this is probably not for you because snow falls off these roofs, potentially creating a snow perimeter around your house.

Roof Overhangs
Tired of expensive air conditioning prices? You can reduce costs by adding a roof overhang. Not only is it contemporary looking, but it shades your home from the sun so that electricity costs don’t go through the roof.

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