Energy efficient and environmentally friendly products are reaching an all time high in popularity, and that's true in residential roofing too. From energy saving cool roofs to recycled asphalt shingles, experienced Essex County roofers offer a wide variety of options to help homeowners save money while they're improving the environment.
One of the simplest ways homeowners can use their roofs to save money and the environment is to take care of their existing roofs. Maintaining a roof and fixing problems as they arise dramatically extends the life of the roof. Delaying the need for a new roof offers some attractive short term savings, and ensuring that the roof is still weather tight preserves the home's energy efficiency.
When the roof has reached it usefulness, though, there are a number of products that make roofs more energy efficient and provide notable savings. The good news is that most of these options also give homeowners access to profitable tax credits, energy rebates and incentives.
One of the most popular trends in roofing are cool roofs, which save homeowners about 15 percent on air conditioning costs annually. Cool roofs also reduce carbon emissions and slow global warming.
The roofing contractors from All Professional Remodeling of Essex County can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, windows or siding.
Regular roofs can get as hot as 150 degrees Fahrenheit; cool roofs lower that temperature by 50 degrees, prolonging the life of the roof. Cool roofs are widely available in all types of roofing, including asphalt shingles, tiles and metal.
Solar shingles and panels are also extremely popular, saving homeowners tens of thousands of dollars on energy costs over the life of the roof. Consumer Reports estimates that solar panels save homeowners up to 50 percent on utility bills each year, making solar an attractive option for those who also want to reduce American dependence on fossil fuels and the power grid.
When it's time to replace an old roof, worn asphalt shingles can also gain new life through recycling. Typically, one home's old asphalt shingle roof produces one to three tons of waste. Recycling shingles prevents much of that petroleum based waste from clogging local landfills and provides a useful source of asphalt for paving and new shingle material.
Finally, so called "blue" roofs are beginning to catch on, particularly in areas that are drought ridden or have excessive periods of rain. Blue roofs simply refer to the collection systems installed atop roofs to gather or store rainwater. Temporarily storing rainwater relieves pressure on local storm water drainage systems that are often overtaxed during heavy storms and are a good source of reusable water for the home.