An eco-friendly roof can reduce your home’s environmental impact. And you don’t need to cover your roof in green plants to call it eco-friendly. Learn easy ways you can be eco-friendly with your roof to lower your energy consumption and utility bills.
Stay Up to Date With Roof Maintenance
Regular roof maintenance takes care of your roof, whether that roof is asphalt or metal. When your roofer keeps everything looking tip top, your roof will last much longer than if you forego annual roofing inspections. Every year you can delay roof replacement saves you money and conserves resources.
Install an Eco-Friendly Roof
If your current roof is close to the end of its lifespan, you might want to install an eco-friendly roof. While metal roofs can be more expensive, they last upwards of 80 years and are recyclable at the end of their life. Not only do you save money over time, but you reduce raw materials consumption.
Corrugated metal roofing and reclaimed slate roofing are other eco-friendly choices for residential roofs. The lifespan bests that of asphalt roofs. Another green option is rubber roofing, which is made from old tires. Rubber roofs last around 50 years and hold up well in storms.
When your roof stays cool, your home stays cool and comfortable. By selecting a pale roof, you can reduce the amount of solar heat gain.
Incorporate Rain Barrels
By incorporating rain barrels underneath downspouts, you can reduce your water consumption and water bills. The reclaimed water works well for gardening, cleaning the car, and other non-potable uses. One caution here: Your gutters must be clean or debris could contaminate the rain barrels.
Insulate and Ventilate the Attic
When your attic is not properly insulated, air passes from the attic to outdoors and vice versa. In the summer, all that cool air goes right through the roof, so your AC has to work much harder to keep the home comfortable. The reverse happens in winter.
Insulating and ventilating the attic evens out your home’s temperature to save you money every month. It protects your roof by preventing ice dam formation.
Do you need an estimate for a new roof, attic insulation, or gutter cleaning? Contact Brandstetter’s KangaRoof.