If the time for your next roof replacement is disturbingly near, it's time to start looking for a good roofing contractor and planning what type of roof you'll install. You could just go with the usual asphalt shingling, but there are also convincing arguments to be made in favor of choosing a more eco-friendly roof, such as one made of metal, tile, or some other cooler and longer-lasting material. Here are three reasons why switching to an eco-friendly roof for your next roof replacement is a great idea.
1. Save on cooling bills
One of the big emphases in the realm of eco-friendly roofs is "cool roofing," a trend that's not only great for the environment but also great for your energy bills. The idea is that if your roof absorbs less heat (often because it's lighter in color or more reflective), your house won't require as much cooling, and therefore your AC won't have to work so hard in the summer. This not only saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also reduces your AC energy bills a lot, sometimes by upwards of twenty percent.
2. Save on installation and material costs
Another bonus you can get when you use eco-friendly roofing materials is that you may save money on installation costs. This is because the materials can last considerably longer than asphalt shingle, meaning you won't need to pay for nearly as many roof installations over the next few decades. And although each installation may be slightly more expensive than for a shingle roof, you can still save money overall if you select a relatively inexpensive, long-lasting material such as metal. Calculate the savings by adding up the expected installation and material costs for the material you choose and then comparing that to the installation and material costs of however many asphalt roofs you'd need to install in that time period.
3. Reduce manufacturing demands and material costs
Another great thing about eco-friendly roofs is that reusing and recycling are both eco-friendly options. Choosing a recycled material means you're reducing the demand for new manufacture, and using reclaimed materials (such as reclaimed slate or tiles) is even better because it eliminates even the resources used during the recycling process. In addition, using reclaimed materials can help you get the best price on your new roof.
These three reasons show how an eco-friendly roof can be the financially savvy thing to do. And if you choose a super-long-lasting material such as copper or slate, you may never have to replace it again during your lifetime. For more information, talk to a professional like Toth Roofing.