Sustainable roofing materials are quickly becoming the industry standard for new home construction. And, following that trend, customers who need a Utah roof replacement are also requesting more environmentally conscious materials.
If you’re considering a re-roof project or a tear-off and replacement, give some thought to what type of material you might consider for a more eco-friendly home. Sustainable materials generally help you cut down your home’s energy use and help improve indoor comfort and stability. Many of these materials are fabricated from recycled materials or they can be recycled once you remove them. Others have such a long lifespan that you may never have to replace your roof again.
Metal Roofing Materials
Metal roofs – including standing seam, metal tile and metal shingles – are popular in Northern Utah thanks to their durability and low maintenance requirements. Metal roofing products can stand up to ice, snow, wind and even fire. Because these materials reflect the sun, you can reduce your heating and cooling bills. Metal requires virtually no maintenance and many products come with a 30-year, 50-year or even a lifetime warranty.
Polymer Composite Roofing Materials
These roofing products are quickly becoming an eco-friendly favorite. Fabricated from a blend of rubber and plastic, you can choose products that mimic the look of slate, asphalt and shake shingles. These products are lightweight but durable, cost-effective and recyclable, and some products are fabricated using recycled materials. They resist weather extremes, mold and rot. You might see these products called synthetic slate, synthetic roof tiles, rubber shingles or recycled shingles.
“Cool” Roofing Materials
The term cool roof is generally used to describe any roofing products that are white or very light in color. Cool roofs reflect sunlight rather than absorbing it back into the home. Typically, this approach uses asphalt shingles but you can achieve a cool roof using any type of light-colored roofing materials. Customers enjoy significant cost savings during the summer months, as they need to use less AC to cool the home.
Eco-Friendly Flat Roofing Materials
If your home has a flat roof (granted, these are few and far between in Northern Utah) you have several viable eco-friendly choices, including PVC membrane, EPDM membrane and TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) membrane. Each of these products have high efficiency ratings and are resistant to weather and other types of damage. PVC membrane is EnergyStar rated and capable of reflecting up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat and most products come with a lifetime warranty in a residential setting.
So which product is right for your home? The best way to make that determination is to call Knockout Roofing to request your free consultation and cost estimate. We can review you goals and budgetary guidelines and make recommendations. We are located in Salt Lake City and serve customers throughout the Northern Utah area. Contact us today to learn more about adding sustainable roofing materials at your Utah home.