Increasingly, families across the country are turning to environmentally friendly techniques when re-roofing their homes. Although these methods are typically more expensive that traditional options, that hasn’t stopped them from dramatically going up in popularity. Two of the most popular techniques right now are known as solar roofing and green roofing.
Here are discussed some of the Eco-friendly techniques homeowners are using on new projects.
Solar roofing is actually something that can easily be done by a lot of homeowners. What many people don’t initially realize, though, that is that there are two kinds of solar roofing techniques.
The first technique people are talking about is a system where the solar panel itself is actually a part of your roof. So there is no roof and solar panel-it is all in one. Unfortunately, the cost of this roofing option is astronomical and cost-prohibitive for most people. The reason it is so expensive is because the system itself is quite intricate, and should something happen to the panel or your roof then the entire system would need to be replaced. So, few people can afford this option at the current time.
Instead, the option that many people are going with is a method of attaching solar panels directly to your current roof. This is the much cheaper option, and it is really done all the time in many parts of the country. When homeowners are looking to get this done, they should be contacting both a solar panel installation company and a traditional roofing contractor. These two companies will then work with each other to devise the right plan for your home based on its size, location, and currently roofing material.
Whether or not these solar panels are cost effective, meanwhile, is another issue. In general, installing solar panels on your roof is not going to be a cost effective option, simply because of the added expenses in terms of maintenance and repair costs. So the solar panels most people install on their homes are not going to pay for themselves anytime soon. However, most people aren’t getting these for purely economical reasons, so that isn’t the only determining factor.
Another environmentally friendly roofing technique, which is actually more common these days than solar panels, is called green roofing. Green roofing is when people who have flat roofs turn their roofs into a massive planter by growing plant life up there.
As a roofer, you would install certain membranes that encourage plant life to grow, then place the soil and plant multiple layers of trees, grass, and other materials. The soil should be able to hold a variety of natural things thanks to the membranes. Additionally, this is a system that can dramatically increase the insulation on a person’s home-thereby saving money on heating and cooling costs.
Not only on a personal level, but on a global level as well, these homes with green roofs can benefit society. Green roofs can reduce the heat island effect in cities across the county because, from above, they simply look like natural habitats or fields. So the chemical properties of traditional roofs that tend to heat cities and speed global warming are not present in homes with these green, natural roofs.
Unfortunately, few roofing contractors do these types of green roofs at the present time. A select few companies in each large metropolitan city offer these services. However, they are becoming more and more common as green roofs increase in popularity.
Overall, these environmentally friendly roofing systems are growing in popularity each year. While they are certainly not for every homeowner or business owner, thousands of people are highly satisfied with their green roofing systems-and that is a number that is growing all the time.