Most homeowners, when they have to replace a roof, choose the same type of roofing system as the old one. It’s not as unreasonable as it might first seem – you already know that it suits the style of your house and the colour works well with the other elements of your home’s exterior. However, when replacing the roof in today’s earth-friendly way of looking for alternatives, consider one made entirely of energy-efficient roofing materials.
Slate is a fine-grained stone that has been used as a roofing material for many centuries. It has a beautiful, calming appearance that gives a slate roof distinction. It can be difficult to install; is expensive, and damaged roofing tiles are difficult to replace. However, in spite of the cons, slate as a roofing material is still popular today. It complements most architectural styles; possesses a classic, timeless look; known to last up to 100 years); and is fire-resistant.
When a metal roof is made from thick gauge metals and other high-quality roofing materials, it can provide better protection for your home than a standard asphalt roofing system. Metal roofs withstand hurricane winds, heavy rainstorms, and hail. For areas in the lower mainland that experience snowfalls, the snow slides off easily. A metal roofing system is also fire-resistant and is not prone to deterioration like cedar shingles or asphalt roof tiles. And to debunk the two popular myths about metal roofs – no, they are not heavy and no, they do not attract lightning any more than other roofing materials.
Cedar Shingle Roof
Cedar shingles are one of the most environmentally friendly roofing materials for your home. It is sustainable, recyclable, and produces fewer greenhouse gases. It handles slight to extreme changes in humidity and temperature very well and has a high insulating value. While cedar shingles are often associated with architectural styles such as rustic, cottage, Craftsman, and Cape Cod, cedar roofs are becoming more popular on contemporary and modern homes that like the look of the distinctive effect of wood grain.
Roofing Shingles from Recycled Materials
Roofing shingles from recycled materials are trending in today’s market where homeowners want the look of real cedar or slate but don’t have the budget for high-end roofing materials. On the other hand, shingles manufactured from plastics, wood fibers, and crushed stone are quite affordable. While not strictly sustainable, recycled shingles significantly reduce roofing waste and use fewer new raw materials when producing roofing products.
A living roof, also known as a green roof, is created by planting native grasses and plants over a membrane that allows for irrigation while protecting the roof deck from water infiltration. The benefits of living roofs, particularly in urban environments, include improved air quality, reduce the need for cooling systems, increase insulation properties, and decrease the amount of runoff entering the gutters.