Choosing The Right Asphalt Shingles For The Environment

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Many homes have asphalt roofs, but asphalt roofing materials are not usually considered interesting or glamorous. However, you should understand that there are many reasons why asphalt roofing is utilized so often. The shingles are typically economical, easy to install, fire-resistant, and durable. You probably do not know that asphalt shingles can be environmentally friendly as well. Keep reading to find out how this is the case so you can make the right roofing supply choices when you decide to have a new roof placed on your home.

They Are Recyclable

Many people are concerned about the filling of the landfills in their towns and cities across the United States. This is a real concern, because 220 million tons of waste is created each year and about 55% of this waste ends up in landfills. Unfortunately, these landfills create a great deal of methane emissions. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is bad for the environment, and you can reduce your negative impact on the earth by reusing and recycling items. Thankfully for the environment, many roofing professionals now recycle the old asphalt shingles that are ripped from your roof instead of throwing them in a dumpster that is emptied into a landfill. Most of the roofing materials are ground up and used to make pavement for new highways. They may also be used to create energy or road maintenance materials. 

Some asphalt shingles are even made into new shingles. However, they are generally used to make rubber roofing materials. They cannot be made into new asphalt shingles due to the multiple layers that make up a single shingle. However, you can pick out varieties that feature recycled waste paper or waste wood along the matt layers of the shingles. A new asphalt coating must be placed over the matt. This material cannot be made from recycled materials since refined oil bitumen must be used to create a waterproof coating or the shingles may leak. 

To make sure that your roofing underlayment is also environmentally friendly, make sure that tar paper is placed. This material is a type of paper that has been allowed to absorb bitumen. The paper creates a better waterproof barrier than felt, and it can be recycled, like asphalt shingles, for road and highway uses. 

Asphalt Roofs Can Be Cool

Asphalt roofs can be considered cool roofs, as long as the right materials are chosen. A cool roof is a roof that has a high solar reflectance. This means that it reflects ultraviolet, infrared, and visible light that hits the roof. This helps to keep the inside of your home cooler during the summer months, so the electricity does not need to be wasted when you increase the use of your air conditioner. The reflective nature of the roof can also prevent solar damage to the asphalt coating on the exterior of the shingles. This reduces cracking and dry spots that can cause the shingles to pull up and let cold air into the home during the winter. This, in turn, reduces heating costs.

Typical cool roofs are white or another light color, so speak to your roofing specialist to look at shingle color samples so you can pick a light variety. You can pick a slightly darker gray tone if your desire as well. If you do this, then make sure that the shingles are covered in a thick layer of minerals. Ceramic coatings are best because they are more durable than sand or silica varieties. Also, think about choosing white granules to go with the darker shingles to enhance solar reflectability. 

Asphalt roofs can be quite environmentally friendly, which is great news if you want a traditional roof placed on your house. Just make sure to pick out the right materials. Shingles made from recycled content that are light in color and contain a thick layer of minerals are a great choice. Also, ask your roofing professional or a supplier like American Building & Roofing Inc about new shingle varieties they may have that are good for the earth. 


30 March 2016

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