Today, many housing experts are stressing the importance of using renewable materials for building or repairing a home. One of the largest parts of building a home, or doing a home renovation, is the roof. Roofing contractors are becoming more and more educated about sustainable roofing options, and these options are growing in demand. Renewable and sustainable roofing materials for your home have a range of benefits. These benefits range from the ability for your roof to help regulate the houses temperature, necessitating the needs for frequent air conditioning and heat, to the ability to use recyclable materials and be more eco-conscious. Also, as more and more contractors turn to sustainable materials, these are getting easier to find, and are slowly replacing more traditional housing materials. Because of this, wooden housing is a becoming a thing of the past.
Roofers who are concerned about the environment, typically no longer choose to use wooden materials for roofs. One of the main reasons for this is because sourcing wood for a roof is not sustainable or environmentally friendly. Wooden roofs are made from old growth wood. In order to get wood to make all of these homes, this wood needs to be grown and cut down. Growing and harvesting wood is, in many cases, a very unsustainable practice. Forestry is very hard on the environment, and leads to the destruction of many trees.
Wooden roofs also have many downfalls when compared to newer, more modern roofing materials. In the past, wood was one of the few roofing options available, now with metal, slate, asphalt, and a wide range of other modern roofing materials, the downfalls of a wooden roof are becoming more and more obvious. First of all, wooden roofs are not safe in a fire. If you live in an area where there is a high fire risk, wooden roofs are one of worst choices you can make if you want to keep your home safe from fire damage. Wooden roofs can also grow moss and become waterlogged. A waterlogged roof is not something that you want to experience in your home. Once a roof gets moisture in it, it can cause leaks, which can be difficult to fix. Moisture in your roof can also cause mold to grow. Mold in your home can cause a wide array of health problems for your family.
Many people choose wooden roofs because of the rustic, cabin look that they create. However, with today’s roofing technology, you can get roofs in a range of colors, styles, and materials that can mimic the rustic look of a wooden roof.
While wooden roofs are becoming a thing of the past, numerous types of new roofing materials are becoming available in a range of styles. Many of these roofs are evidence of a trend towards more sustainable building materials. Rubber, plastic, and metal roofing options can be made from recycled materials, and transformed into an attractive and practical housing option for your family. As trends in roofing continue to change and evolve, homeowners will continue to find a growing selection of roofing options which provide durability, style, and are environmentally friendly.