Everyone knows that one of the most popular trends today is to “go green” and use environmentally friendly materials when building a home or any other kind of project. Whether you are driving a cleaner energy vehicle, unplugging chargers from wall sockets, or remodeling an old home, going with the energy efficient option is the best choice for personal home energy spending as well as global reductions in pollution. No one wants to see the earth burn up and get destroyed in a fire-y mess, so taking the time to make smart choices about your personal energy use is an important way to make changes happen globally. Green building materials are a great way to make this change happen, and eco friendly roofing materials are becoming particularly popular. Instead of remodeling your roof with materials that are going to decompose quickly, make a smarter choice and select a building material that will provide better insulation for your home and are also made from cleaner, recyclable materials!
Many top notch roofing companies and roofers are starting to offer green roofs and green roofing materials as part of their construction package in order to keep up with this trend. The push for clean and recyclable roofing products has encouraged roofers to keep up and stay relevant with new roofing trends. This means better products for consumers who are remodeling or repairing their roofs. For example, a new composite roof insulation appeared on the market in 2013 and is now LEED certified. This insulation is made from recycled materials, is formaldehyde and hydrochloroflourocarbons (HCFCs) as well as cholorfluorocarbons (CFCs). This insulation is also entirely recyclable. What better way to provide new roofs for people than to work with materials that are good for the earth while also reducing home energy spending by increasing insulation?
Another great new product that is helping the roofing market move into more environmentally friendly areas is a metal roofing panel that is eco efficient. There are many reasons to go with metal roofing panels, including versatility in construction and design, but these special efficient panels are something new. These insulated metal roof panels are designed with enhanced thermal performance, meaning they are more energy efficient. They reflect unwanted heated, keeping your home cooler in the hot summer months and providing significant savings in your home energy bill.
Another unique new addition to the residential roofing repertoire is sod and turf roofing. While wooden shake and shingle as well as thatched roofing has gone out of style because these materials are prone to fire, the new sod and turf roofs have a bit of a different take on an old theme. They are modeling after the rooftops on 17th century Scandinavian home designs and use wooden boards as a base. These boards are covered in layered birch bark which waterproofs the roof, followed by layers of grass, sod, and turf to secure the bark while providing insulation and absorbing water. There are so many great new ways to go green with your roof that it will be easy in the coming years to select the right option for you!