Is your roof looking a little worse for the wear after the snowy and wet winter we had? There are lots of choices when it comes to getting a new roof. Move over cheap asphalt shingles, these green options will blow your mind. Here are some great options that will fit your budget and your life.
Recycled shingles – If you really want your roof to be green, recycled shingles are a great choice. Old plastic and wood fiber is mixed together to create a stylish and eco-friendly roofing product. Think about all the waste this method keeps out of the landfills.
Slate – Using slate tiles for a roof is a practice that dates back centuries. These dark greenish gray tiles have been known to last more than 100 years and still look great. If you can find reclaimed slate, it’s even better. You’ll get the same durability from the stone and reusing materials.
Metal – If you’re looking for a easy, relatively maintenance free roof, a metal roof is the way to go. Not only will it last for decades, but it will look great doing it. In the winter, the sun will help to heat up the metal which will get heavy snow off your roof. And if you do decide to get a new roof, you can always recycle the metal.
Rubber shingles – These are made from old tires that are shredded and reformed into durable and attractive shingles that will protect your home for years to come.
While you’re up on the roof, you might want to think about some other home improvement projects like adding a skylight in an old swamp cooler shaft or adding solar panels to help keep your energy costs down. These are going to add to the cost of the project. But by making the investment now along with the new roof, you’ll have a stylish and energy efficient roof that will last for many, many years to come.