It’s becoming more and more important to be environmentally conscious in the choices you make for your home. When it comes to your roof, this could mean conserving energy so that your home stays comfortable while your energy bills stay low. It could also mean choosing a particularly durable roof so that you won’t have to replace it in a decade or so, or choosing a roof made of recycled materials. Choice in roof is a big part of making your roof more environmentally friendly, but it is not the only important thing. Here are a few of our tips:
Choosing the Right Material
Roofing materials vary in durability, energy efficiency, and eco-friendliness. You have a number of options, and should consider carefully if you’re looking for something environmentally friendly. Clay tile roofs, for instance, are less likely to cause a stuffy attic because they reflect more heat than they absorb, and their long lasting nature means you won’t soon replace them. The most environmentally friendly roofing material at the moment, however, is metal. Metal roofs are made largely from recycled materials and can be recycled again if you ever need to replace them — which is less likely because they’re also quite durable. Best of all, their energy savings are unbeatable.
Choosing the Right Color
Did you know color makes a difference when it comes to the environmental nature of your roof? It’s because color impacts the relationship between your roof and the sun. You may have noticed this even in the clothes you wear during the summer: if you wear a black shirt, you’re more likely to feel hot and sweaty than if you wear a white shirt. Lighter colors tend to reflect sunlight, while darker colors absorb them. In cooler climates, it makes sense to go with a darker colored roof, while here in Florida, light colors may serve you better.
A Quality Gutter System
No matter how good your roof may be, it’s nothing without an excellent gutter system. Your gutter system protects your roof by funnelling water run-off to a downspout away from the house. This keeps your roof from developing leaks or roof rot that could easily undo the eco-friendly and energy efficient qualities to be found there. A good gutter system will lengthen the lifespan of your roof, so you won’t have to replace it again and again.
Interested in a more environmentally friendly roof? Make sure you choose a contractor who knows the best options for going green with your Fort Myers home. Contact Montgomery Winslow today for more information or a free estimate.