Despite the availability of different roofing materials, asphalt is still one of the most popular choices. For many homeowners, the savings on an asphalt roof compared to other types makes it a top choice. However, standard asphalt is not as energy efficient as other roofing materials. To help make your asphalt roofing more environmentally friendly, here are a few things you can do.
Choose a Lighter Colored Roof
Asphalt is available in a variety of shades. For a greener roof, you should opt for a lighter colored roof. Lighter colored roofing helps to reflect harmful sun rays, which helps to lower the amount of heat that is being pulled into your home. As a result, your energy bills will be lower.
A lighter colored roof also tends to contract less than a darker colored roof, which means a more durable and longer lasting roof for your home.
Use Recycled Roofing
Asphalt shingles do not last as long as older roofing materials and can significantly contribute to the amount of construction waste found in landfills. To help reduce waste, you can opt for recycled asphalt shingles. The shingles consist of a combination of asphalt and reclaimed slag from other sources. The fewer new materials your home needs, the better for the environment.
Opt for a Steep Sloped Roof
Water, leaves, and other debris that tends to gather on your roof can be damaging to its surface. The lifespan of your roofing can be shortened as a result. To help lessen the possibility of debris damaging the roofing, have the roofing installed at a slope. Debris and water that lands on the roof will find its way to the gutters quicker.
The rainwater coming from your roof can be filtered through the gutters or you can take an extra measure and recycle it for other purposes. If you live in a rainy area, ask the roofing contractor to install a system to catch the water. You can then use the water for other purposes, such as landscaping.
Depending on the uses you find for the water, you can potentially cut down on your water expenses significantly. For instance, some homeowners opt to use the rainwater to flush toilets in the home.
Consult with a roofing contractor, such as McCullers Roofing, to find other ways to make your asphalt roofing more environmentally friendly. Your contractor can also help you explore other types of roofing that might be greener.