Five Environmentally Friendly Ways to Repair Your Roof
Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 at 12:54 pm
Homeowners today must balance the needs of the environment with the needs of their homes and wallets. One way to do this is with your roof. In our part of America, your roof takes a beating. Snow, rain, and ice in the winter, blazing sun, and hail in the summer. When it’s time to repair or replace your roof, think about these eco-friendly methods that will also be beneficial to your home’s value and can reduce your energy bills.
Kidd Roofing are your local Texas roof repair and installation experts. Contact us to get a quote or for more information on Eco-Friendly alternatives that fit your budget and are suitable for the local climate.
What Is an Eco-Friendly Roof?
“Eco-friendly” roofing materials are made with environmentally sustainable materials. This means they are recycled or reclaimed and produced with minimal use of environmentally harmful processes. These types of roofs also provide the home with extra insulating effects, reducing power consumption for the building during the year.
There are an increasing number of eco-friendly alternatives for roof repair and replacement when it is time to upgrade to an environmentally sustainable roof.
- Slate, stone, and tile. By far the most durable of materials, stone has been used for building since the Stone Age. Slate roofs can last for decades with proper maintenance, and stone is highly resistant to almost any damage. Slate is readily recyclable without harm to the environment. The downside is the high initial expense. The plus side is that the roof will probably never need to be replaced.
- Metal roofing. A new twist on an old concept. Recycled metal is being reformed into attractive and durable roofing panels for long-lasting quality construction. Metal panels provide good stability for homeowners who plan to add solar panels to their roofs as well.
- The “living” roof. For the adventurous sort, nothing is as environmentally friendly as growing a lawn or garden right on your roof. These live roofs may seem ridiculous, but according to the EPA, a green roof can reduce temperatures around the area, provide shade, and even grow produce. These green roofs are expensive and take a lot of maintenance, but if you really want an environmentally friendly roof, there is nothing like it.
- “Cool” roofs. Similar to ordinary asphalt shingles, these “cool” shingles have a special coating to reflect more light and keep your roof and attic cooler longer. The manufacturers will recycle the used tiles as road asphalt, making these tiles waste-free.
- Wood shingles. After the wildfires in so many western states, wooden shingles are gradually being phased out at the insistence of insurance companies. If you still prefer the look and economy of shake shingles, consider cedar or other high-durability wood. Cedar can last up to 40 years if properly maintained and provides excellent insulation.
If you’re considering going solar, Kidd Roofing is now offering Timberline solar shingles ™. These unique solar panels are shingles that can be nailed directly to your existing roof. They provide the protection of a traditional roof and the electrical power of an external solar panel. Call us at (866) 671-7791 or send us a service request to get a quote or more information about these fascinating new shingle alternatives.
Other Eco-Friendly Roof Considerations
Keep your roof properly maintained and cleaned. No matter what your roof is made of, it won’t last nearly as long if it gets moldy or leaks. When you have a slate or tile roof, you will need to keep the undersides of the shingles free of birds and small animals, who will find them as weatherproof as you will.
When installing or repairing your roof, make sure you hire a roofing contractor who knows the advantages and limitations of the type of eco-friendly roof they are installing, like those at Kidd Roofing. Some of these roofs, such as the “live” roof, require extra installation layers. Heavier tiles like slate must be properly laid to avoid damage to the roof and the house.
Before you install any new roof, be sure to consult your HOA and zoning restrictions. It’s better to request a variance in advance than to have to tear out an expensive new roof. Check your local weather patterns as well. Some roof styles are excellent for the environment but not practical if you live in a hail corridor.
We have been repairing and installing roofs on commercial and residential properties in Texas for 40 years. Take a look at some of our results and read what our customers had to say about our commitment to service and quality.
Call Us for Your Roofing Repair and Replacement
If you think it’s time for an environmentally friendly roof or you want to ask about other roofing concerns, give Kidd Roofing a call. We’ll be glad to look at your roof and your situation and give you an estimate on the best type of new roof for your home.
Whether you need an entirely new roof, or you are considering placing solar panels to improve your home’s energy efficiency, our technicians can take a look and advise you about your options. Kidd Roofing has a wide range of roofing alternatives for homeowners to consider. Give us a call at (866) 671-7791 to schedule an inspection and estimate today.