Selecting Roofing Materials That Protect Your Home And The Environment

13 July 2015
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A new roof for your home is a major investment, so it is important that you choose the right type of roofing materials. If you are concerned about the environment, then you will be happy to know that there are many eco-friendly roofing materials on the market today.

Below is some information on each type of green roofing materials that you can choose from to re-roof your house:

Metal Roofing Materials

Metal roofing has come a long way in the last couple of decades. While in the past metal roofing was only made of sheets of tin, today there is a wide variety of different metals used to make roofing materials. Today, you can purchase metal roofing made of:

  • aluminum
  • copper
  • galvanized steel
  • stainless steel
  • zinc

Metal roofing materials are:

  • long lasting
  • light reflective
  • fire-resistant

In addition, utilizing metal roofing materials gives you the ability to install solar panels on top of them or to easily collect clean rainwater runoff. 

Recycled Rubber Roofing Materials

Rather than simply dumping old tires into landfills, many of them are now recycled into roofing shingles. The tire rubber is ground into small particles and mixed with ground slate masonry, and the combination is used in the place of asphalt on shingles.

Recycled rubber shingles often have reflective acrylic coatings added to them so they reflect the sun's rays. This increase in solar reflectance helps to keep your home cooler during the hot summer months.

Other Recycled Roofing Materials

In addition to metal and rubber, the following materials are also used in green roofing materials:

  • ground stone
  • metal slag
  • mixed paper sludge
  • wood fiber

Both post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled materials are used. Mixed paper sludge and metal slag are both pre-consumer materials that are byproducts of other material manufacturing processes. Rather than disposing of these materials, they are salvaged and used to create roofing and other building products.

Ground stone and wood fibers are generally post-consumer recycled materials that are salvaged from old stone roofs and reclaimed lumber.

In addition to the above, roofing materials such as slate and tile are often removed from old homes that are being demolished and can be purchased and reused on your home as well.


By choosing an eco-friendly roofing material, you are helping the earth while also providing excellent protection from the elements for your home. For more information about green roofing materials, please speak with a licensed roofing contractor (such as Better Contracting Services).