A “green” roof helps keep you home or business reduce your overall carbon footprint. While there are numerous materials on the market, only a handful can actually be called green: asphalt shingles, concrete (cement) or clay tiles, metal and TPO.
1. Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles may be the most affordable roofing material on the list, but they also have green qualities as they are recyclable, helping reduce trash that finds its way into landfills. Make sure you get asphalt shingles from reputable manufacturers, and you’ll also limit the number of times you’ll need a replacement, further keeping trash generated by roofing jobs to a minimum.
2. Concrete & Clay Tiles
These roofing materials are very durable and long-lasting, and need little maintenance. They have high resistance to wind and hail, and are fireproof. They provide better insulation compared to some steep-sloped roofing materials. They also provide better air circulation and reduced heat transfer into a building. This results in lower air conditioning costs in our desert climate.
Metal offers exceptional strength, stability and fire resistance. It is also increasing in popularity as a residential roofing, too. It is lightweight and very low maintenance. With “cool” coatings, metal roofings can reflect solar energy, thus cooling your home. They contain recycled material and are recyclable. These roofs offer environmental and economic sustainability.
TPO, or thermoplastic polyolefin, is increasing in popularity in commercial roofing. This advanced roofing membrane consists of a rubber compound reinforced with polyester fabric. It can withstand tears, punctures and years of rooftop exposure. TPO roofing membranes last longer than other flat roofing systems. Its reduced maintenance and replacement costs make it a wise investment.
Goodrich Roofing is both an Owens Corning Platinum and a GAF Master Elite™ Contractor. We are proud to serve Albuquerque, Los Lunas, Los Alamos and other surrounding New Mexico areas. Call us now for a free estimate at (505) 219-4450.