Do You Care About the Environmental Impact of your Roof?
There are a number of steps the homeowner can take to ensure that they have a roof with the smallest possible environmental footprint.
1. Recycle Old Shingles. Many people don’ t realize that asphalt shingles are a petroleum product. One can minimize their carbon footprint by using a contractor that recycles shingles (recycled shingles are used for road construction or for fuel extraction). At Roofing 502, we recycle our shingles.
2. Light-Colored Shingles. Lighter colored shingles reflect heat, and so reduce one’s cooling bill in the summer. Roofing 502 offers shingles with the Energy Star rating for maximum reflectivity.
3. Attic Ventilation. Ideally, the ceiling of your home would act as a perfect barrier from the extreme temperatures of your attic and the comfortable environment of your home. Unfortunately, this is usually far from ideal. The best way to mitigate this situation is to ensure one’s attic is adequately ventilated. Adequate ventilation requires more than just putting ventilation holes in the roof. A ventilation system requires intake vents as well as exhaust vents. Otherwise, superheated air will just accumulate in pockets away from the outlet vents. You need a roofing contractor that thoroughly understands the basics of attic ventilation. In addition to keeping the energy bills at a low level, a properly ventilated attic will add years to the life of your shingles, which, of course, conserves the resources otherwise required for an early installation.