How To Make Your Roof More Environmentally Friendly

Reduce The Environmental Impact of Your Home’s Roofing System

Many homeowners are interested in reducing their home’s impact on the environment. In addition to basic changes, such as installing energy efficient appliances and low-flow shower heads, it is also possible to reduce a house’s environmental impact by making changes to the roof. Below are some common roofing related ways to make your home environmentally friendly, which can also help lower energy and utility costs.

  • Water barrels:
    A simple and relatively cheap method of lowering a homeowner’s impact on the environment is to place a water barrel at the downspouts of your eavestrough. The water runoff from the roof can be collected and used for outdoor water purposes such as watering the lawn, garden, or cleaning outdoors. Water barrel collection benefits the environment by displacing the water regularly used from a hose and also reduces costs by lowering water usage.
  • Proper insulation and ventilation:
    Proper insulation and ventilation of a roof system can benefit the environment and lower the heating and cooling costs of a home. The reduction in power and fossil fuels used in the heating and cooling processes will help make a more environmentally efficient household.
  • Daylighting:
    Solar reflective tubes are a great way to bring natural daylight into almost any area of a house. Daylighting can provide natural daylight during daytime hours, which will benefit the environment by reducing electricity, and provide healthy natural light to the household. Click here to learn more about daylighting.
  • Trim excess growth around the roof area:
    Keeping vegetation growth from encroaching on a roof area will aid in air circulation and reduce wear and tear on your roof system. Poor air circulation around a roof can create hot spots on a roof system that can cause accelerated aging. Extending the life of the roof system reduces the material usage over time, saves money, and lowers the environmental impact.
  • Roof Maintenance:
    Proper roof maintenance including keeping the gutters, downspouts, and roof area free of debris will help extend the life of a roof system. By utilizing the full life span of a roof system homeowners can delay replacement, which in turn results in cost savings and less material waste.