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Virginia Beach Roofing: Article About Reasons To Consider an Ecofriendly Roof

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In a world that is becoming increasingly aware of the negative impact that non recyclable materials have on the planet, both home construction and business construction are making a contribution to solving these problems through the use of green or ecofriendly roofing materials. A homeowner considering joining this movement toward sustainable materials will want to consult with a Virginia Beach roofing professional before deciding which of these will be most suitable for their particular project.

Green roofing products are generally made from recycled materials which are so tough and durable that they often come with a 50 year warranty. Among the many green products for roofing are shingles made from recycled plastic, rubber, or reclaimed wood fiber. They can be made to look like slate or cedar shingles, which may be better suited to using on older, more traditional homes. Recycled metals are also used to create metal tiles or panels.

The production of these green materials is a far cleaner process than the production of asphalt shingles. Made from petroleum products, asphalt shingles cause a great deal of pollution in production. Asphalt shingle roofs still account for approximately 75% of residential roofs in the U.S., but as these older roofs age out of viability, more and more homeowners are choosing to replace them with ecologically sound roofs.

The expert roofers from Jayhawk Exteriors of Virginia Beach would be happy to answer any question you have about roofing, siding or skylights.

One of the main benefits of using green shingles is that they provide better insulation than asphalt shingles. It will cost the homeowner more expense up front to install a roof made from green materials, but any up front extra cost for going ecofriendly will be made up in savings on energy over the long run. The homeowner will also want to make sure that there is adequate insulation in the attic beneath the roof. This will keep the house from leaking energy in the hottest and coldest months.

One important thing to discuss with a roofing professional is whether to go with a lighter color than usual. Just as in the color spectrum white is the most reflective color, lighter hued roofs also reflect heat while the darker tones absorb it. If the house is in a hot climate or a crowded urban setting where temperatures can actually rise due to the density of dark roofs, it's smart to choose a light color for the roof. Another environmentally sound choice is what is called the "cool roof," which has solar reflective qualities that reduce the amount of heat that gets into the home.

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