If you’ve been trying to make eco-friendly choices, think about your roofing material and color. Is your roof optimal for reducing your summer cooling bills? Does it contain petroleum products? There are many changes you can make to get your roof greener. Here are three ideas for three different budgets.
Small Budget: Cool Roofs
These roofs are pretty cool in concept, but that’s not where they get their name from. White roofs are known as cool roofs because they deflect the sun’s rays, keeping your home cooler. They can help cut down on the amount of energy you use to cool your home in the warmer months. White asphalt shingles are affordable and easy to install, but metal would be even better since it isn’t petroleum based.
Medium Budget: Sustainable Wood Shingles
Wooden shingles made from sustainable wood sources are not only eco-friendly, but they look beautiful as well. They have a natural look that makes them look right at home in wooded settings. Just be aware that they are flammable, so they are not a good choice for areas prone to wildfires. Sustainable wooden shingles cost about the same as a metal roof.
Large Budget: Solar Panels
Solar panels have come down in price, but they still require a large initial investment. They are more versatile these days, and can be added to most existing roofs. Solar panels can also qualify you for tax credits from the EPA’s Energy Star program. They will save you a lot of energy and money over time, but it will take years to see returns on your investment.
It’s easier than ever to make your home more eco-friendly through roofing options. If you have any questions, please call us today!