Having a roof that keeps the water out is the goal do you agree? The thing is, the choice of materials is going to affect the appearance, energy efficiency and noise control of your home. Making the right choice is going to prevent disaster.
Asphalt shingles are the oldest and most popular form of roofing. Most roofs whether they are new or existing have asphalt shingles. This is not good for the environment because the shingles go to landfills and add to pollution. There are however, recycle worthy shingles are available. Those don’t work as well though and they heat up your house because of the dark color. Both of these excrete oil when they are wet which will further pollute the environment.
Recycled rubber roofing is a better choice than shingles. These shingles are made from the 300 million car tires that are thrown away in the US each year. They are durable and really help out with their resource-efficiency. However, they do contaminate rain water the way that asphalt shingles do.
You may want to consider recycled plastic or metal shingles. There is so much plastic and metal recycled in the world that it has been developed into roofing products. Recycled plastic shingles are made to look like slate. The recycled metal shingles are reflective to the sun and have a nice pattern. Both of these are light weight and helpful to the environment. You only need to remember to never mix metals. If you have a copper roof, use copper nails.
Spray foam roofing has become more popular in the last few years. It is the perfect choice for a flat roof to keep out water and moisture. The seamless surface will never leak and you can even walk on it. The light color also reflects heat to keep your home cooler inside. You should always choose the lightest color of the material you choose for your roofing because it is going to help you with heat reflection.
There is also regular metal roofing. This is the best because it lasts three times longer than any other roofing material and it keeps your home’s temperature controlled. It also keeps noise out so you will have a more private lifestyle.
There are many options when choosing the right roof materials. The higher the price usually means the longer it will last and the more effective it will be.