Ideas For Making Your Roof Environmentally Friendly

If you want your new roof to be energy efficient, there are a number of ideas you can explore. These concepts have a range of costs as well as a variety of effects on the environment. Whether you're thinking about a new roof or just exploring ways to change your existing roof, here are some ideas to consider:

Light Colored Roof

A light colored roof doesn't harness the sun like some of the other ideas on this list. Instead, it causes the sunlight to bounce off the roof, and that can help to save energy. Colors such as light white or blue help to repeal sunlight, and that prevents your home from absorbing unwanted heat. Ultimately, that helps lower the overall temperature in your home, which saves money on cooling costs.

You can buy light colored shingles as well as light-colored ceramic tiles or light-colored metal roofs. Alternatively, there is weather-resistant paint that can be applied to some metal roofs.

Green Roofs

In this case, "green" doesn't refer to the color of your roof, but rather to having plants on your roof. Green roofs were originally popular on commercial buildings with flat roofs, but they can be adjusted to residential homes as well.

If you decide to put in a green roof, don't just start putting plants on your existing roof. In most cases, regular roofs aren't strong enough to handle the wet soil you need for plants and their roots. Instead, work with a roofer to strengthen your roof and add a waterproof barrier. Then, add the plants. You can change your roof to a flat roof and grow veggies up there, or you can keep your roof pitched and opt for moss or stylish vining plant.

Essentially, the plants absorb energy from the sun, which they use to grow. At the same time, however, they purify the air around your home and help to increase oxygen.  

Solar Panels

Solar panels are the ideal way to make your roof more efficient. These panels absorb the energy of the sun, store it in a battery, and use it to produce electricity for your home. You can buy the panels outright, but some companies also rent or lease them out in exchange for a monthly fee.

Creating your own energy helps lower your bills, and in some cases, you can even get off the grid completely thanks to solar panels. It's the ideal way to make use of the unused space on your roof.

Solar Shingles

In lieu of putting solar panels on your roof, you can actually make a roof completely out of solar panels. The Tesla company, which makes electric cars, is currently developing solar shingles. These shingles look just like regular shingles, and if you live in a neighborhood with a covenant, these shingles are sometimes preferable to solar panels thanks to their slim profile. However, they essentially do the same job as a big solar panel.

There was a bit of a media flurry declaring these solar shingles as just as affordable as conventional roofs. Although this sounds promising, it is not exactly true. Solar shingles tend to be much more expensive than a popular option such as asphalt shingles. However, they are comparable to expensive options such as clay or slate shingles.

To give you a frame of reference, asphalt shingles cost about $90 for 100 square feet of shingles, while clay and slate cost between $800 and $2,000 for the same amount. If you are trying to choose between asphalt and solar shingles, you should expect a big price difference. However, if you're currently looking at clay or slate, you may want to consider solar shingles as they are likely to be similar in price.

To learn more about your options, contact a company like Affordable Roofing & Gutters.