Between the fuel needed to transport new roofing materials to their destination to the amount of waste generated in removing an old roofing system, roof replacement takes a toll on the environment. That said, there are ways to make the process more eco-friendly.
In today’s post, your local roofing and drywall contractor, Universal Roofing and Exteriors, shares tips on how to make your roof replacement as “green” as possible.
Recycle Old Materials
Turn your old roof into a new road. According to GAF, asphalt is the most recycled material in America. It’s at the heart of 80% of roofs and 94% of roads. It supports an entirely new industry, creating local jobs and saving taxpayers’ money for paving. Most importantly, shingle recycling diverts a significant portion of construction waste from landfills. When successfully repurposed, reclaimed asphalt shingles help conserve precious, natural resources.
Invest in Cool Roofing
Reflecting solar heat is the most effective way to maintain a comfortable indoor climate, in terms of both financial and environmental costs. Cool roofs are designed to reflect heat from the sun away from your home, thus minimizing thermal transfer. The end result is that your interior remains more comfortable and your HVAC system gets a break. One of the best cool roofing products available is GAF’s Timberline® Cool Series®.
Put a Premium on Attic Insulation and Ventilation
Proper attic insulation and ventilation contribute significantly to energy efficiency. The former serves as a thermal barrier while the latter optimizes cool breezes to push out excessive heat and moisture.
If you have an uninsulated or under-insulated attic, roof replacement is the perfect time to address this issue. Also, make sure your new roofing system has a healthy combination of intake and exhaust vents. A good ventilation system is relative to attic size so work with a qualified roofing and drywall repair specialist to avoid unnecessary penetrations.
Pull an eco-friendly roof replacement project off with Universal Roofing and Exteriors. Call us at (317) 257-0779 to discuss your roofing needs, and receive a FREE estimate in Northside of Indianapolis, Zionsville or Fishers, IN.