When you are looking to replace your existing roof with something new, you may wonder what options are available to you that meet your roofing needs as well as your goals for sustainability and eco-friendliness. While in the past finding sustainable roofing options may have been somewhat limiting and difficult, today there are numerous options to choose from. So, before you hire a roofer and get started on your new roofing project, get to know some of the sustainable roofing options available. You will then be able to custom design the perfect roof for your home.
Solar Tile Roofing
Most people think of solar panels as devices that are installed above an existing roofing structure. While traditional solar panels are elevated, there are other options available as well. Solar tiles are one such example of a sustainable roofing option.
Solar tiles serve the dual purpose of protecting your home from the elements and absorbing and storing solar energy to be reallocated for use throughout your home. These tiles blend in seamlessly with the other standard tiles on your roof so that they are a part of your overall roof rather than elevated above.
The solar tiles are fire resistant and seal out water as efficiently and well as the other tiles on your roof so that you have no issues with your roof's overall functionality due to their presence. In this way, you get all of the benefits of solar panels and a tile roof rolled into one.
If you prefer a natural look to your home rather than a technologically-advanced one, you could opt for another sustainable roofing option known as vegetative roofing. This type of roof starts with a thin layer of protective material into which another thin layer of soil is placed.
Once the soil is in, all that is left to do is install the vegetation that will serve as your roofing material. It is best to choose vegetation that is indigenous to the region in which you live for your vegetative roofing. Indigenous plants require little to no maintenance once they are planted, with the exception of extreme drought.
The soil as well as the plants serve as excellent insulation for your home preventing air transfer into and out of your home through the roof. Additionally, all of the plants on your new roof will help to offset your home's overall carbon footprint or emissions as plants take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.
With these sustainable roofing options in mind, you can choose the roofing material that is right for you and your home and get it installed by a roofer as soon as possible.