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In a hot and arid climate such as Phoenix, conservation of energy and resources are more important than ever. Unfortunately, residential construction projects like roof repairs and replacements can have a massive impact on the wellbeing of the planet. But it doesn’t have to be this way. 

Sustainable roofing is one of many ways that eco-conscious homeowners are fighting back against the ravages of climate change and working to ensure a greener future for themselves and the generations of tomorrow.

In this guide, we’ll review how Arizona homeowners can maximize the sustainability potential of their roofing materials, whether it’s a partial repair or a full-on remodel.

What is Sustainability?

In essence, sustainability is a broad term referring to conscious efforts and consumer choices that aim to protect the longevity and health of the planet. Sustainability also aims to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, which trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to adverse changes in the state of climates around the world. 

Sustainable practices span a large breadth of ideas and actions, from recycling to veganism to sustainable construction and eco-friendly roofing, which we’ll discuss in the next section.

What is Sustainable Roofing?

Just as other efforts in sustainability aim to do, sustainable roofing centers on the ultimate goal of creating systems and structures that minimize human impact on surrounding environments. 

Sustainable roofing refers not only to the materials themselves which comprise “greener” roofs, but also the business practices that go into their production, transportation, installation, and maintenance. 

Why Your Current Roof Isn’t Working

Most roofs constructed in the last 10 to 30 years are made of asphalt shingles. Although this material is cost-effective and seen as a financially smart option for homeowners on a budget, in the long run it is more expensive due to the replacements, repairs, and maintenance issues it inevitably requires. 

Additionally, asphalt shingles are toxic. If damaged by rainfall or moisture, the shingle can carry lead and other harmful chemicals onto and into your home and your lawn — and that could mean onto and into your body!

Last but not least, asphalt shingles are not recyclable or reusable due to their toxic chemical composition. This means that once they are broken or no longer needed, they end up in landfills, further worsening the pileups of waste so destructive to the environment.

Why You Should Try Sustainable Roofing

If you weren’t already convinced that sustainable roofing is the best choice for your home and the Earth, there are a few more reasons to consider giving it a try.

Many types of sustainable roofing materials, such as light-colored tiles, reflect heat and therefore reduce the energy expenses needed to cool your Arizona home. 

Recycled roofing materials, such as those sourced from recycled metal, last much longer (up to 50 years) than shingles. They also have a minimal carbon footprint due to their “upcycled” method of production.

If you’re dead-set on keeping shingles on your roof because you like the aesthetic, fear not. Shingles made from recycled materials such as plastics, papers, plant fibers, and minerals are available in scores of styles and price ranges.

With so many options, it’s hard to see why anyone wouldn’t want to go green when they “raise the roof.”  

Final Note

To get more information on how eco-friendly roofing materials can save you money and preserve precious resources, please give us a call at Express Roofing.