Eco-friendly roofs aren't becoming so popular just because they're better for the environment; homeowners are coming to realize that these roofs can offer distinct benefits to their maintenance budgets, personal convenience, and even summer comfort as well as reducing ecological footprints. Here are four benefits you can enjoy when you make the switch to an eco-friendly roof.
1. Fewer repairs and replacements
One of the big ways to make your roof more eco-friendly is by cooling it down. This can be done by coating it with a specialized coating, applying a radiant heat barrier to the underside of the roof, or even simply shading the roof with trees, shadecloth, or shade sails. Keeping your roof cool during the day means that it'll be less prone to thermal shock and thus may suffer less damage each year, prolonging its working life and reducing the necessary repairs. In addition, choosing a more eco-friendly material during your next roof replacement could mean that you'll literally never have to replace your roof again; middle-of-the-line metal roofs can last 40-60 years or more, while copper, slate, or tile can last more than a century.
2. Lower price
If you do a cost comparison of the material prices needed per decade, one of the more cost-effective eco-friendly materials (such as steel) may actually cost less over time than asphalt, even though the initial installation costs more up front. If you're planning to stay in your home long-term, this could end up saving you quite a bit of money, especially when you factor in the labor costs for each potential roof replacement.
3. Easy-to-cool home
A cool roof, which can save you time and money on installation and repairs, can also save you money on your month-by-month cooling bills. This is because the more heat your roof reflects and the less heat it absorbs, the less heat your AC system will have to deal with later. This in turn will mean that your AC unit can cool your house more easily with less effort, helping you get comfortable faster and keeping your cooling bills down.
4. Lots of options
In addition to the eco-friendly options of copper, slate, tile, and steel mentioned above, you can also consider rubber roofing tiles (made of recycled materials) or a "green roof" with plants growing on it. And if you're not ready to replace the roof just yet, you can retrofit yours with a radiant heat barrier, shade, and a cool roof coating to keep it cooler, cheaper and more eco-friendly until your next replacement is due.
These four facts can help you see how an eco-friendly roof can improve your life both through improving your budget in the long term and by keeping you comfortable while also helping to save the environment.
For more information, contact Grissom Contracting or a similar company.