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Tallahassee Roofing: Article About Eco-friendly Roof Materials

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With the number of reports indicating that the world's natural resources are become depleted, many homeowners have begun to look for construction materials made from sustainable materials. These include roofing materials. Eventually, a homeowner's roof will need to be replaced, and when that time comes, an experienced Tallahassee roofing contractor may be able to help the homeowner with choosing the appropriate roofing materials that work with the existing roof structure.

One option that homeowners looking for a sustainable roof have is a standing-seam metal roof. This roofing material is popular among homeowners for its durability and long lifespan. Additionally, the metal can be made from materials that have been recycled. However, these roofs do have some negative aspects. They are generally more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles. Additionally, homeowners who live in regions that have snowfall will need a plan to deal with the snow that slides off the roof.

Another option for homeowners is to install a white roof. These roofs, also known as "cool roofs," reflect the sun's rays away from the roof, keeping the interior and living space cooler.

Any of the roofing contractors from Art Construction of Tallahassee can answer your questions about doors or residential roofing.

Ultimately, white roofs keep cooling costs down during the hot summer because they reduce the energy needed to keep the home comfortable. White roofs can be made out of a number of materials, including white shingles, clay tiles, or metal. However, it should be noted that certain materials, such as asphalt, are not eco-friendly themselves.

Sustainable wood shingles or shakes are a third option for environmentally-conscious homeowners. These shingles and shakes are made from sustainable and managed forests and provide a classic look on many homes. Additionally, these shingles and shakes are biodegradable, meaning that they will not sit in a landfill. One main drawback to these shingles is that they are costly to purchase and have a relatively short lifespan of 15 to 25 years.

Finally, homeowners may also have the option of using reclaimed and recycled materials. These include clay tiles, slate tiles, or even asphalt shingles. While clay or slate tiles are made from natural materials, they are extremely heavy and may require a new roof structure to hold them. Recycled shingles often do not come in white, so much of the eco-friendly advantages may be lost.

Choosing new roofing material can be extremely difficult. A trusted contractor may assist with choosing an eco-friendly material that works with the existing home's structures and the unique needs of the homeowner.

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