If you're looking into installing a new roof, don't settle for the familiar default option of asphalt roofing shingles. Sure, they're cheap and you can find lots of color options, but let's be honest, they're all pretty boring and metal roofing is cheap too. So why not look for an environmentally friendly option instead of going with the same old roof everyone else has? Here are four environmentally friendly types of roof you could get a company like Miller Roofing to install in place of asphalt shingles.
1. Metal roof
It's true that a "tin roof" isn't the most classy solution or one that you're likely to select for your house. However, metal roofing comes in many other varieties as well. You can get galvanized steel, which lasts about sixty years, or the pricier copper, which lasts for hundreds (read: you'll never have to replace your roof again) and has a distinctly romantic aura.
2. Wood shingle roof
If you're the backwoods type or even if you just like the backwoods style, this classic roofing material may turn out to be just what the doctor ordered. Though it's not as affordable as asphalt shingling, it does come from renewable resources and can be disposed of in an earth-friendly manner as well. The one catch is that it has a relatively short lifespan and (unless you use shingles treated with fire retardant) can be susceptible to fire.
3. Green roof
More specific than the term "eco-friendly roof," the term "green roof" refers to one that's totally covered with containers full of plants. These plants confer numerous benefits on you, your house, and the neighborhood. They provide shade from the sun, protection against cold weather, and absorption for storm water, all while making your roof stand out and manufacturing oxygen to help the environment. Like any cool roof option, they also help reduce urban heat island effects.
4. Tile roof
Tile roofing comes in various styles. You can select clay tiles or the more cost-efficient concrete variety. Clay tiles may be naturally reflective, especially if they have a glazed surface and a light color. They do, however, require specialized training to install, and they break more easily than most other roofing materials.
These four roofing alternatives provide a fascinating variety of styles, prices, colors, and textures to consider for your roof. Remember that as with any project, you should try to source roofing components made from recycled materials.