What Are Your Best Sustainable Roofing Options?

If you're in the market for a new roof but would rather not contribute to environmental problems by consuming new wood or petroleum product, you may be wondering whether you have any options with a low environmental impact. You could also be concerned about how to prevent the materials from your current roof from winding up in the landfill. Fortunately, it's now easy to recycle your old roof, and there are a variety of available roofing materials generated from recycled materials and made even stronger and more durable in the process. Read on to learn more about the most environmentally friendly replacement options for your roof and the functions your current roof can perform in its next life.

What types of materials can you use for your new roof?

Often, the most sustainable and ecofriendly options for roofing are those created from recycled materials.

  • Reclaimed wooden shingles

By using recycled wooden shingles, you'll be able to avoid the destruction of old-growth forests while ensuring your roof is fully clad in a protective layer of cedar or redwood. Often, a homeowner will need to replace a relatively new wooden roof when only a few sections are damaged. If the remaining shingles are carefully removed, they can be repurposed into reclaimed wooden shingles and sold at a lower cost (and with zero impact on the environment)—despite looking and performing like new wooden shingles.

  • Recycled rubber

Old tires aren't usually the first roofing material that comes to mind, but these tires can be reborn into ecofriendly roofing tiles that can last for decades. Recycling (rather than burning or scrapping) rubber tires helps to significantly reduce the amount of petroleum waste in the atmosphere, and the recycling and manufacturing process renders these rubber tiles durable enough to withstand decades of sun, wind, rain, and even snow and ice without fading or cracking.

What can you do with your old roof?

By recycling your old roof, you can not only help keep your roof out of the landfill but help produce low-cost and strong roofing products for the next consumer down the line.

In many cases, your roofing contractor will be able to take care of recycling the materials for you—this cost is generally comparable to the waste disposal fee, or may sometimes even be free if the contractor receives a rebate for the recycled materials. In other situations, you'll need to contract directly with a recycling company to come pick up the disposed roofing materials at the time the roofing crew is working. However, it shouldn't be hard to find a recycling company in your area that can sort and process your roofing debris. Contact a roofer such as Di Roma Roofing, to see whether they can help.