Eco-friendly roofing options

Categories: How To
Published on: July 3, 2015

Mother Earth News / Dan Chiras / June/July 2010

When choosing roofing, consider its recycled content, how long it will last and whether it can be recycled.
When choosing roofing, consider its recycled content, how long it will last and whether it can be recycled.
Most homeowners have to replace their roof shingles at some point. Exposed to sunlight, heat, cold, rain, wind, and sometimes snow, sleet and hail, conventional asphalt shingle roofs last 20 years, if you’re lucky.

If you’d like a roof that will outlast a conventional asphalt shingle roof and is made from eco-friendly roofing materials, consider the products outlined here. Many of them are virtually immune to hail. Green roofing products are many and varied, ranging from recycled-plastic shingles to recycled-metal roofs to sustainably harvested or reclaimed wood roofs. The best option for your home depends on the design of your home, local building codes, and price considerations.

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