Between the years 2010-2014, 41% of homes needed to do some form of roof repairs. Keeping that in mind, people want to know they’ll have a roof that will protect them.

When you have so many options to choose from it can be difficult to know which material is best for your home. Below we will review some of the best sustainable roofing materials you can have for your roof.

1. Metal

Depending on what type of metal you choose, metal roofing can be on the more expensive side. Some metal roofing options include aluminum, steel, copper, tin, and zinc. 

Metal roofs are very sustainable as they can last 40-75 years. On top of that, this roof type is energy efficient, fire-proof, and lightweight. What’s more, they come in a variety of forms, some included are shingles, slates, and tiles.

If that wasn’t enough, this style of roof is very easy to recycle. 

If you choose this roof style, make sure you have proper insulation. This will help reduce the amount of noise you get from rain and wind. 

Check to see if the metal roofing you’re buying has hazardous chemicals coated on the outside. You want to avoid polluting soil and groundwater if rain and snow remove the chemicals.  

2. Clay 

Clay tiles, also known as terra cotta are very durable and easy to recycle. Clay is on the more expensive side and much heavier than metal.

If you buy clay tiles try to get reclaimed tiles. Mining clay takes a lot more energy and isn’t as sustainable.  

Clay is great in hot climates as it can withstand the heat. As with metal roofs, clay roofs last a long time. Roofers generally offer warranties that can last 100 years or more. 

As a bonus, this style is very pleasing to the eye. 

3. Slate

Slate is one of the most durable and long-lasting roof materials. Slate can last you around 100 years and when recycled will be used for reinstallation. After that slate can last you another 100 years.

Slate is quite expensive and very heavy, but with how long it lasts it’s worth it. It’s a high-quality product with visual appeal. 

4. Concrete 

Concrete tiles are extremely durable, can handle the strongest weather, and is fire-proof. Concrete tiles are thicker than clay but equal out to be about the same weight. 

Concrete is also one of the most expensive options out there. 

If you don’t want your roof to be gray, the color can be tinted to give you more color options. 

5. Wood

Wood roofs aren’t as durable as other roofing options, but they’re highly recyclable. Try to buy wood that has been recycled or reclaimed instead of wood that is being harvested from forests. Some options for wood roofing include cedar, redwood, and southern pine. 

Wood isn’t a great option if you live somewhere fires break out regularly. You can put fire retardants on your shingles or shakes to increase their fire resistance. In some areas, this type of roofing is still banned.

Be aware that in wet climates you can have issues with water damage. Look out for mold, cracks, or rot in your roof. 

Wood roofs generally last around 25-30 years. If you maintain it well, your roof can last you up to 50 years. 

Sustainable Roofing Is the Way to Go

That concludes our review of the more sustainable roofing options out there. We hope it helped make your decision easier. 

No matter if you’re replacing your roof or putting up your first roof, keep in mind where you live. Hiring a roofer can better help you figure out what the best materials are for you based on your location. 

If you have any further questions feel free to reach out to us today.