Your roof is one of the most important things to think about if you’re doing green remodeling. This is where most of the heat escapes from in winter. Many conventional materials don’t keep the heat out in summer.
Simply insulating your existing roof with environmentally friendly thermal insulation is one way to solve the problem – and save money. To keep it green, go for recycled fibreglass insulation or eco-friendly alternatives that use recycled paper or plastic. In hot climates, painting your roof with purpose-designed paints that reflect heat away will save you money on air conditioning and cooling.
If you’re actually replacing your roof, you really have a golden opportunity to make a difference, both to your home and the environment. Again, you can have the option of recycled materials, as well as a range of choices to make sure that your home is properly insulated.
Re-roofing will also give you the opportunity to put solar thermal or photovoltaic panels on the roof. They can cut your energy bill significantly and will also add to the resale value of your home. Modern technologies mean that they even work on cloudy days, though they’re obviously best for use in the sun-drenched states.
If you’re dedicated to green remodeling, then a living roof serves many purposes. A living roof is a flat roof covered with a waterproof membrane, on which plants are grown. Practical and beautiful, green roofs have become hugely popular around the world.
The advantages of a living roof are that it provides excellent insulation against heat and cold, and also insulates against noise. A living green roof is also wildlife-friendly. Initial costs are more than other roofing options, but energy savings usually compensate for this over time.
Various kinds of living roof can be constructed, some low maintenance (known as ‘extensive’), others requiring a bit more effort (‘intensive’). Extensive green roofing, with carefully chosen plants and automatic watering systems, means that you won’t have to spend much time on maintenance.
Whether you’re going the extra mile with a living roof or doing minor green remodeling to enhance home energy efficiency, you’ll find many roofing solutions to fit your needs and pocket.