Asphalt roofs are the most common type of roof in the United States given the rise of their production since the late 1930's. This type of roofing was chosen for its durability and relatively cheap form of production. The typical color was a standard dark brown to black because of the materials used in asphalt. While these roofs still remain popular, there are newer types of roofs that are more environmentally sustainable and durable. A Sugar Land roofing contractor could suggest a few options such as the following.
White asphalt roofs are made from a slightly modified material than normal asphalt roofs. Most asphalt is based in darker substances such as slate and stone, but white asphalt uses materials such as quartz to make a lighter colored shingle. This lighter color reflects the sun's rays whereas a darker colored roof will absorb them. When the roof reflects the rays, the roof becomes significantly cooler and, in turn, cools the house. This means that the house will use less electricity for air conditioning in the summer. Consider using white roof tiles instead of the normal darker roof tiles. They cost about the same as the black tiles, but end up saving more money in the long run.
For a bit more expensive option, a house can also use wooden shingles instead of asphalt.
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The wooden shingles are usually made out of tough types of wood such as cedar or redwood. These woods can absorb shock such as that from hail and also can be treated to repel water. The downside is that they are more expensive than asphalt, due to their higher production costs, but they also look nicer and more unique than the average asphalt shingle. Currently available shakes of wooden shingles are made of an environmentally friendly renewable resource, rather than the chemicals that go into asphalt shingles.
Finally, when replacing a roof, a homeowner should consider solar energy panels to be installed as well. Normally, a roofing contractor can install these on top of a normal roof. Either a homeowner can install panels that stick out much like a satellite dish, or opt for photovoltaic shingles which absorb the light from the sun. Photovoltaic shingles look much like black asphalt shingles by design, so they don't stick out as much from a home. They offer a unique look into a home and have a great curb appeal. As an added feature, they can save on energy bills and, in the winter, a homeowner can make more money by selling the energy the house makes back to the city.
One should consider these different environmental options when installing a new roof onto their home. Not only are they good for the environment, they also may help the homeowner save some money for years to come.