Many people are finding new ways to go green, whether with transportation, food, energy use, or other products. But did you know your roofing choice has a lot to do with how much energy you’re using? With so many roofing options at hand these days, it isn’t tricky to conserve energy and keep your electric bill down. You can go green with your roof as well!
If you’re seeking a greener roof, here are some options our team at Bond Roofing suggests:
Single-Ply Membrane and Fluid-Applied Roofs
Single-ply roofs are flexible membranes (rubber or thermoplastic) that are applied in a single layer on a roof. While single-ply roofs come in black, gray’s and tan’s, the popular choice these days is white. White membranes reflect the sun’s harsh rays instead of absorbing them so cooling costs for your building are reduced. Fluid-applied systems, or roof coatings, are most often white and offer up similar energy savings as single-ply membranes.
Terracotta Tile roofs are a great “green” option due to their composition, recyclability, and longevity. The curved shapes of some tiles improve ventilation and the thickness and mass of tiles provide an additional layer of protection from the heat. Tiles come in a variety of colors, with the lighter colors providing improved solar reflectance.
Metal is one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials on the market today. Unpainted metal will reflect more solar radiation than an asphalt roof. Pre-finished metal roofs reflect even more and highly-reflective “cool-metal roofs” can reduce energy costs by as much as 40%. The standing-seam metal roofing we install here at Bond Roofing features colors that are all Energy Star compliant. Not only is metal energy efficient but metal roofs are made with a minimum of 25% recycled content and metal roofs are virtually 100% recyclable.
What better way to go “green” than with solar. Solar panels are easily attached to most roofing systems and there are even roofing materials with the solar panel built-in. Solar panels to produce electricity, hot water, and even make your HVAC more efficient are a great green choice.
If you really want to commit to going green both literally and figuratively, a living roof is a great option. A living roof is made from living plants, planted on top of a waterproof roof membrane. This technique offers both thermal resistance and insulation properties. However, this roofing type takes some maintenance, just like with any other garden so do your homework.
If you have questions about going green or any other roofing questions, please Contact the Bond Roofing team today!