The material you choose for your roof replacement can impact the environment when you consider the lifespan of the material, what components it’s made out of, and whether it can be recycled. However, when it comes to materials, the more sustainable options will always be more expensive. As long as you know that up front, here are how the roofing materials stack up in their sustainability.
It can be incredibly frustrating when you have to continually adjust the thermostat to try and keep a consistent temperature throughout your home. But did you know that your attic insulation and ventilation play a major role in temperature control in your house? With proper ventilation and insulation, not only will your roof last longer, keeping materials out of the landfill, but you will also reduce energy costs as the load on your air conditioner is lightened. Your roof replacement contractor should include airflow and insulation calculations in your proposal.
While there are different choices you can make in the type of exterior roofing material for your home, there are many more layers to a roof with manufacturers that have varying sustainability practices. Your remodeler should absolutely share the brand of products that they plan to use in your roof replacement. Lower quality brands may not share sustainability information or have a corporate social responsibility pledge. They will also fail faster, meaning you will have to replace your roof sooner, prematurely adding your old roof to the landfill.
No matter which roofing materials you choose, there will be an environmental impact from a total roof replacement. However, you can get the most longevity and energy efficiency out of your current roof with regular maintenance and repairs. In fact, inspecting your roof annually can extend its life by up to a decade! If you’re not comfortable getting on the roof, or you aren’t sure what to look for, call a professional roofing company to take a look. It’s essential to choose a company that can do small repairs and won’t just try to sell you a new roof when you don’t need one yet – because that’s certainly not sustainable!
If sustainability is an important factor in your home renovation, make sure to bring that up with your remodeler. Balancing wants and needs in a home remodel is something an experienced remodeler will be happy to help you with. They should work with you to find the option for your home, your budget, and the environment.
With over 30 years of repairing and replacing Maryland roofs, Brothers roofing experts have the experience to handle just about every roofing project. We will properly scope your roofing project, including ventilation and attic insulation, listening to your wants and needs to create a detailed scope of work. Schedule a consultation to get started today.