Environmentally friendly roofing options

Environmentally friendly roofing options

It is becoming a more common trend to adopt a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. So many have tried recycling paper and aluminum, put timers on their lights, set thermostats differently when the home isn’t occupied, or even install low-flow toilets and other water-saving devices all for the sake of the environment. Most people have several eco-friendly accommodations in a single home setting. All of these changes, but none of them incorporate the main part of a house: the roof. Malarkey Roofing offers a variety of shingle products all designed with the goal of sustainability in focus through each step of the product’s lifecycle all while being eco friendly.

If you’re thinking about building a home or replacing your roof, here are some “greener” options you may wish to consider.

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  1.  “Cool” roofs

These roofs represent the fastest-growing category of the roofing industry. Malarkey Roofing has Cool Roofing Granules specially designed to reflect solar UV rays. This enables the color of the single to be detectable to the human eye yet still allowing the roof to stay cool. With less heat comes decreased usage of air conditioning which results in cutting the need for electricity produced by coal-fired power plants.

  1. Metal Roofs

Similar to wood shingles, metal roofs can be both produced from recycled metal products and become recycling themselves after replacement. An advantage to metal roofs is that they can last 50 or more years while reflecting heat and keeping energy costs low. For a more appealing appearance, there is an option to have a coated metal roofing product available that resembles the look of granite and can be laid over existing composite shingles. 

  1. Smog-reducing
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When buying a home, no one imagines that simply by having a roof over their heads they could aid the environment and improve their air quality. With Malarkey’s Roofing 3M Smog-reducing Granules, you can do just that! These specially-designed shingles absorb sunlight to photocatalytically convert smog (NO, NO2) into water-soluble ions (NO3), actively reducing air pollution. One roof has the same smog-fighting potential as 2 or more trees

  1. Recycled asphalt roofs
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Despite the unappealing sound of owning a recycled roof, the benefits and reality of choosing a recycled roof is the complete opposite of how it sounds. Malarkey Roofing Products is reducing the amount of waste entering landfills by decreasing their need for synthetic materials. By using their NEX polymer modified asphalt, a next generation of asphalt shingle technology, specific polymers sourced from repurposed materials are included to enhance performance characteristics of the shingle.

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