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Creating a More Environmentally Friendly Roof

02/08/2017
Creating a More Environmentally Friendly Roof

An increasing trend among many homeowners is the reduction of their impact on the environment. While many are familiar with basic changes, such as switching out traditional appliances for those that are more energy efficient or utilizing low-flow showerheads, there are other ways to reduce the environmental impact. This includes making some changes to your roof. Let’s examine ways you can change your roof to make your home environmentally friendly while lowering energy and utility costs.

1. Water Barrels

A simple and relatively cheap way to lower your environmental footprint is to place a water barrel at the downspouts of your eaves trough. The excess water that runs off from the roof can be collected and used for other purposes such as water the lawn, gardening, or cleaning outdoors. Not only does this help by displacing the water regularly used, but also reduces costs of water usage.

2. Insulation and Ventilation

When a home is properly insulated and ventilated, it benefits the environment by lowering the heating and cooling costs of a home. This should be one of the first components to examine if you notice significant loss of heat or cold air in your home during various seasons. The overall reduction in power used will help make a more environmentally efficient household.

3. Daylighting

Through utilizing solar reflective tubes, you can easily bring natural daylight into nearly any area of a home. It draws direct and reflected sunlight through solar tubes to evenly disperse light to the inside of your home. This benefits the environment through reducing electricity use and providing healthy, natural light to the household.

4. Manage Vegetation

Keeping vegetation growth in check and away from the roof will aid in air circulation and reduce the overall wear and tear on your roofing system. If there is poor air circulation, hot spots can form, accelerating the aging process. Extending the life of the roof system reduces the material usage over time, which saves money and lowers the environmental impact.

If you are interested in exploring various ways to create a more environmentally friendly roof, contact a professional at Mac Construction & Roofing, Inc. We not only specialize in residential roofing, but can also handle all commercial roofing needs as well.