According to a recent report conducted by HomeAdvisor, nearly 80% of U.S. homeowners had upcoming plans for home improvement projects. And, of course, spring is the perfect time to set some of those plans into action. When all your landscaping starts to become greener, it might be a good idea to find out how your roofing can be, too. If you’re determined to embrace some sustainable practices this season, it’s often effective to start from the top down. Here are just three ideas that will make your roofing practices a bit more eco-friendly this spring.
Use Sustainable Materials
If you’re building a brand new home or need to completely replace your roof this year, you should give your choice in roofing materials some careful thought. Although asphalt shingles have been used in American homes for over a century, first appearing in 1901, this popular choice isn’t necessarily the most eco-friendly. Despite the fact that asphalt shingles are technically recyclable, most end up in landfills at the end of their lifespan (which is only half that of some other materials on the market). Metal roofing, sustainable wood shake, reclaimed slate or clay, reinforced rubber, and other recycled materials are typically much greener and are sometimes even more durable than asphalt. When choosing greener roofing materials, pay close attention to the materials recycled content, its weight, and any coatings that might be present; these can all play a part in how durable and how earth-friendly your choice really is.
Inspect Your Roof Regularly
Roofs should be inspected once or twice a year under normal conditions, and this is typically a really good way for you to know whether there are issues that could be costing you more money than necessary. If shingles have blown off or there are leaks, regular inspections can ensure you’re notified and can take action sooner rather than later. Not only can this help you to save money and to plan ahead, but it can also keep your energy expenditures down. If you have insulation issues, for example, an inspection can catch that before you lose a lot of energy (and a lot of money). Heating and cooling already accounts for more than 50% of the energy used in an average home. Poor insulation can only increase that number, That lost energy translates into negative effects for the planet; anything you can do to curb your energy consumption and energy loss will be a win/win.
Make Repairs Promptly
Now that you know exactly what kinds of problems you might be dealing with, it’s essential to make any repairs right away. The more quickly you deal with the problem, the less of a negative effect the issue will have on your pocketbook and on the planet. That said, you should make an effort to work with a company that focuses on environmental impact. While the number of jobs in the construction equipment operation industry was approximately 426,000 in 2016, not all contractors and their teams have green initiatives in mind. With so many consumers making environmental issues a priority, business owners are realizing that this can be a way to help their organizations stand out. Choosing a roofing company that’s truly concerned about sustainability will ensure that the hard work you do to reduce your carbon footprint won’t be all for naught.
Having roofing inspections and repairs performed might not be your favorite springtime activity. But taking action early on in the season will ensure that you can keep energy costs low when temperatures start to soar. Plus, it’ll be just one more way to make a positive environmental contribution.