Earth Day Roofing Thoughts

Earth Day with Home Shaped Out of a Leaf

Happy Earth Day! Today is a great day to think about energy, conservation and how your home’s design can make an impact (not to mention, save you some $$$).

KTM has been focused on green roofing options for years. Green roofing can mean many things, to many people. To some, they may think of a flat roof with a mini-ecosystem growing on it, including grass and various forms of plant life. This is one type of environmentally friendly roofing that many can admire, even if their home’s peak roof is a candidate for it.

For most of KTM Roofing’s customers, they view green roofing and being environmentally friendly as another type of roofing. Consider these two variables:

  • material selection
  • longevity of the roof

Think of natural materials such as slate, tile or concrete. Today there are additional options available such as recycled plastic that perform well too. Some of these might be priced out of the average person’s range. One option that is available and becoming more popular is to increase the longevity of the roof through tile selection.

The pricing can make sense, especially if you plan to be in your home for a while. Consider this; a roof is typically expected to last 25-30 years. If you decide to sell around year 20 it is likely the potential buyer will view the roof as having a much depreciated value. Today, other options are available, even in the asphalt shingles that are most common on homes. While in the past, a 25 or 30 year roof was the norm, today, consumers can pick from roofs that are rated to last for 40 or even 50 years.

The price for these shingles will be more expensive, but will take alot longer to depreciate. They’ll also reduce the amount of waste needed to both clear away your old roof and manufacture the new roofing material since a 40 or 50 year roof is almost double the life span of roofs of today. Though not as eco-friendly and a flat roof with grass and plants growing on it, we think on Earth Day that most would agree, thinking about longer term roof rating options is a great way to reduce waste and promote a more eco-friendly approach to roofing.