Traditional roofing materials such as wood, slate, or asphalt shingles are still being widely used. However, people are becoming more conscious of the materials used in and on their homes. And roofing manufacturers are following suit by using technology to develop roofs that are aesthetically appealing but also functional in terms of being eco-friendly and low-maintenance.
Recycled Rubber Roofing
Rubber roofing is a fairly new material, but it’s one that’s catching on quickly due to their eco-friendly status. At State Roofing, we offer two recycled rubber roofs: Euroshake and Euroslate. This specific roofing material was developed with the goal of saving landfills from overflowing with more used tires. The Euroshake and Euroslate rubber roofs are made from approximately 95% recycled material. This means that whenever a homeowner installs a rubber roof, they’re actually saving landfills from 250 to 1,000 rubber tires that would have otherwise been dumped there. Also, did you know that 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste is generated in the United State alone? By choosing rubber, not only does your roof keep tires from landfills, but it helps to keep asphalt shingles from landfills. In addition, any scrap material created during the installation of rubber roofs can be recycled again, helping to eliminate excess waste.
Traditional roofing materials such as asphalt shingles or wood shakes are notorious for cracking or warping over time. And then there’s the phenomenon of modern metal roofs that are resistant to the distortion that comes with traditional roofing materials. Similar to rubber roofs, metal roofs are extremely eco-friendly. They’re typically made from recycled material and can also be recycled when their life comes to an end.
We’ve all heard of solar roofing, but did you know there are different styles of solar roofing? The latest technology to come out of solar roofing is solar shingles.
Similar to traditional asphalt shingles, solar shingles are installed in a similar fashion, allowing you to mix regular shingles with solar shingles on any roof. Prior to 2008, thin-film solar cells (what solar shingles were back then) were much less efficient, barely going above 10% conversion efficiency. However, in 2008, it was discovered that copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) allowed the solar shingles to reach 19.9% conversion efficiency. Before 2008, solar panels beat out the conversion efficiency of solar shingles, but advances in technology have solar panels and solar shingles neck-and-neck in the solar race.
Last but not least, solar shingles are also aesthetically pleasing since they lay flat with regular shingles, whereas solar panels must be mounted above roofing materials. But this really comes down to personal preference since they both have similar conversion efficiency rates.