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Environmentally Friendly Roofing Options

If one of your year’s goals is to make “upgrades” to your home in order that it can be more energy efficient and you’ve looked up at your roof only to notice that it’s definitely seen better days, then perhaps you should consider purchasing an environmentally friendly roof.

If you’re not sure what all of your options are, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we have enclosed several routes that you can take when it comes to giving your house a roof that is not only “green”, but also modern and attractive too:

Recycled shingles. If you have shingles and you already like the way that your roof looks, but you want to make sure that you are more responsible with your “shingle usage” the next go around, look into purchasing some recycled shingles. They’re pretty durable and many of them come with an amazing 50 year warranty.

Metal roof. OK, metal roofs are also very durable and they can be pretty nice to look at as well. The main challenge with this particular option is that if you’re not someone who likes the sound of rain falling, then a metal roof will probably drive you close to insane. Be realistic in weighing this as an option.

Slate tiles. If you want the kind of roof that has a natural appearance, is pretty low-maintenance and are both storm and wind resistant, you can’t go wrong with a slate roof. The thing to take into consideration is that they are very heavy and so your home needs to have a really firm foundation.

Clay tiles. Another kind of roof that is very similar to slate is clay. Lots of homes in warmer climates are made from clay tiling. It’s also quite sturdy and strong. The thing that you have to keep in mind with clay tiling is that it doesn’t tend to last nearly as long as slate tiles do.

Wood shakes. A lightweight roof that is easy to install would be wood shakes (or shingles). Another cool thing about them is that when it’s time to replace your roof, being that it’s wood, it’s more environmentally-friendly to dispose of than say, asphalt tiles.

Rubber roofing. One reason why it’s a good idea to recycle your tires is so that they can be used as someone’s roofing someday. That’s right. Rubber roofing is a recycled form of used steel-belted radial tires. This too is a wise option when it comes to having a long lasting warranty and being able to withstand the harshest weather effects.

Solar shingles. You would have to be living in the high tax bracket to be able to afford solar shingles, but they are long-lasting “utility changing” option. If you can afford around $400 per shingle (and yes, you did read that right), the real bonus is that you will have a green roof that also provides solar power. It’s definitely an awesome home investment. For more information, try contacting a website like for leads.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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