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4 Environmentally Friendly Roofing Options

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Most people are more conscious of how the items they use impact the environment. This includes using products that are either recyclable or made from recycled materials. When it comes to home improvements, one of the largest material items you may need to buy is a new roof. If you want to be environmentally-conscious, you will want to choose a roofing material that is either recyclable or made from recycled materials. Here are four of the best environmentally-friendly roofing options.

Wood Shingles

While chopping down trees is not necessarily environmentally-friendly, wood shingles can still be a good choice. They are recyclable and last for close to twenty years. Choose a brand that uses recycled wood for the greenest choice.


Not only are slate tile roofs beautiful, they can last up to a hundred years. Stone is always recyclable and some slate tiles used for roofing have been salvaged from other buildings, reducing impact on the environment caused by mining.


Many metal roofs can last for fifty or more years and they are recyclable. Metal roofs are a durable and cost-effective choice when looking at eco-friendly roofing options.


Insulating, beautiful and recyclable, clay tiles are a great choice for a green roof. These are most popular in the hotter climates as they reflect heat and add an air cushion to insulate the home.

If you want to be eco-conscious when buying your next roof, talk to your roofing contractor about the green options available. Even asphalt shingles come in eco-friendly varieties made from recycled materials. By making an informed decision, you can find the best roof for your needs that will have the least negative impact on the planet.

Posted on behalf of:
Atwood Home Builders
227 W 8
th Ave
Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 638-1262


Choosing Your New Roof

Putting a new roof on your home is a large expense but necessary to protect your investment. While many people look for the most economical option, it is important to consider how long the roof will last and the value it can add to your home. There can be thousands of dollars in difference between the different roof options available, but there is also a difference in quality. Here are some of the most common roof types and their benefits and drawbacks.

  • Metal roofing. Steel and aluminum roofing are popular for their longevity. They can be affordable and now come in more aesthetic options. However, aluminum does not resist dents and damage from weather issues such as hail as well as steel metal roofs.
  • Asphalt shingles. One of the most common roof materials is asphalt shingles, with an estimated 75% of homes in the U.S. using this material. This is an economical option, although the lifespan on lower grades may be less than other materials.
  • Wood. Shakes and shingles made from wood last longer than most asphalt shingles, but usually are more expensive.
  • Slate, clay or cement tiles. While more expensive, slate, clay or cement tiles can add a unique and beautiful accent to a home while offering a long lifespan.

Just as important as the roofing material you choose is the contractor. You want a reliable contractor that has an established reputation in your area for quality work. Since this is a large expense that only should need to be done once every few decades, it is worth the extra effort to find the right material and contractor to ensure the roof you add will last and add value to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Atwood Home Builders
227 W 8th Ave
Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 638-1262

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