If you plan to install an eco-friendly roof the next time your roof needs replacement, it's probably because you're a friend of the environment rather than because you have a tight budget. But in fact, there are several ways in which environmentally-responsible roofing replacements can actually save you money as well as giving you peace of mind about helping the environment. Here are three ways in which planning an eco-friendly roof replacement can be better for your budget.
1. Metal roofing
If you decide to replace your roof with another material, such as metal, you're probably doing it because metal is so durable, eco-friendly, and maintenance-free. But did you know that it's actually more cost-effective over the lifespan of the roof? The material costs more initially, of course, but you'll save on repair costs, future installation costs (metal roofing lasts at least 2-3 times as long as asphalt shingling), and even on material costs if you're lucky. Metal roofing is also much more friendly to "cool roof" options. By doing something as simple as painting your metal roof white, you can ensure its surface will stay 50-60 degrees cooler in the sun than a black roof surface. This can add up to a lot of savings on your energy bill.
2. Pre-owned materials
Some types of eco-friendly roofing materials have an almost infinitely long working lifespan. And some can even be re-used. For example, you can find "salvaged" slate roofing materials for a fraction of the price of new ones. This is not only an improvement over asphalt shingling, which isn't re-usable (although it is recyclable), but it's a great way to make sure your roof has no carbon footprint, especially if you can obtain the materials locally. Other types of materials that you may be able to "salvage" or "reclaim" include wood shakes and tile roofing. Re-using roofing materials means that no manufacturing processes were required to replace your roof and that you avoided paying a premium for newly manufactured materials. Isn't that a great feeling?
3. Recycling old materials
Your old asphalt roofing materials must be disposed of somehow, right? As an environmentally responsible homeowner, the first thing you think when considering this fact is "I wonder if they can be recycled?" They can indeed be recycled. But what's more, they can often be recycled at a lower price than you'd otherwise have to pay for disposal. Recycling is even free in some areas, and the cost of sending the shingles to a landfill is, generally speaking, more expensive than any recycling fees are likely to be.
Thinking of the environment when you're replacing your roof is a laudable ambition, and as this article shows, it can be a very cost-effective plan as well.