What Is A Sustainable Roof?

Jul 27, 2021Blog, Roofing

As the world becomes increasingly environmentally conscious and people are more aware of how their choices and actions affect the environment, there has been an increase in buzzwords and phrases in circulation focusing on the new eco-conscious movement. Trying to keep up with all these words and phrases can honestly make one’s head spin.

One buzzword popping up in the roofing industry is sustainable roofing. A sustainable roof is energy efficient and produces clean energy as well.

No material is 100% environmentally friendly; however, there are a few you get quite close to that number. While there are materials that are found naturally, their extraction process and the compounds they are turned into are often damaging to the environment. While the creation of other materials falls short regarding sustainability, they significantly reduce one’s carbon footprint thanks to their longevity.

There are many factors that make something sustainable or unsustainable. While we can’t speak for everything, we can give you a little more information about what precisely a sustainable roof is.


Sustainable Roofing

There are many ways that home and business owners can introduce sustainable materials and practices into their roofing systems. These include:


Adequate Roof Ventilation and Insulation

Installing enough roof insulation and allowing for enough ventilation will reduce the amount of money spent on energy bills. This is because these two components regulate your home’s temperature and are responsible for cooling it down during the summer months, as well as heating it up during winter.

According to James L. Hoff, research director for the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing in Washington, D.C, if all home and business owners had properly insulated roofing systems, the amount of energy saved by the US could reach 700 trillion Btu.


Effective Stormwater Catchment

When it comes to water on your rooftop, most homeowners want to remove excess water as soon as possible. That’s why they invest in premium gutter systems that drain water quickly and efficiently and often opt for a sloped roofing system due to its adequate draining properties.

However, did you know that you could do more with the water draining away from your home? You could use it as irrigation for your garden or even in your swimming pool. You can make your roofing system that much more sustainable by investing in a proper stormwater catchment.


Eco-Friendly Roofing Materials

There is a wide variety of roofing materials on the market that offer homeowners remarkable sustainability benefits. The roofing market’s leading sustainable material is metal roofing. Equipped with a long lifespan, it requires little to no maintenance, is often made from recycled metals, and can be recycled once more after it reaches the end of its lifespan as a roofing material.

However, we’re aware that metal roofing can be quite an expensive option. Luckily, it isn’t your only option. Thanks to the developments in asphalt shingle technology, you’re now able to recycle your old asphalt shingle roofing. These shingles are recycled and used as sidewalk paving. You can, therefore, rest assured that your old shingles will not end up in a landfill.


There are many ways to make your home a little greener. For more information, give Burford Roofing & Construction a call today!

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