What Roofing Material is the Most Energy Efficient?
Making the switch to eco-friendly and green living is imperative. Over-consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to climate change. Recent studies indicate that soon, up to 143 million people could be displaced as a direct result of climate change. So what can we do to lower our energy consumption? Consumers need to make more environmentally conscious choices when they shop.
If you’re looking to have your roof replaced or a new one installed, you need to look at all aspects of the roofing materials’ lifecycle to determine their eco-friendliness. So, look at how big of an environmental impact it will make when it’s constructed if it will save you on energy costs, and what, if any, pollution it will create once the roof is no longer viable. Here at City2Surf Roofing Sydney, we believe in giving our customers a high-quality and affordable roof that’s also green. We’ve explored which roofing materials are the least to the most environmentally conscious so you can make an informed choice for your roof installation.
- Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are by far the least energy efficient. They will last between 15 to 30 years and are a popular choice because of their cost-effectiveness. But, this roofing material is petroleum-based, meaning they aren’t the most sustainable roofing material on the market. Asphalt shingles used to end up in landfills, but now they can be recycled. Also, asphalt shingles only give you minimal energy efficiency.
- Hardwood Shingles and Shakes
Hardwood shingles and shakes, typically made of cedar or redwood varieties, last longer than asphalt shingles. A high-quality hardwood roof can last anywhere from 30 to 50 years. They’re also much more aesthetically pleasing than asphalt shingles. Unfortunately, hardwood shakes and shingles are more brittle than asphalt shingle. At City2Surf Roofing, we pride ourselves on only using the highest-quality hardwood roofing materials with a good hail rating. Our shingles and shakes will last longer than our cheaper competitors.
As far as energy efficiency goes, hardwood shingles and shakes are twice as energy efficient as asphalt shingle. They’re also 100% natural, which makes them more environmentally friendly.
A metal roof can be made of the following:
Metal roofs are more durable than asphalt shingle or hardwood roofing materials. A good-quality metal roof can last up to 60 years. Metal roofs need less maintenance than other roofing materials and are extremely energy efficient. Asphalt shingles hover around the outside temperature, while a metal roof acts as a natural insulator. With a metal roof, you can save significantly on energy costs whether it’s hot or cold outside. Best of all, metal roofs are made from recyclable material and are 100% recyclable themselves.
Terracotta is incredibly energy efficient, and they’re also made of green materials. Terracotta roofs prevent heat transference by up to 70% and also keep a house much cooler in hotter weather. Terracotta tiles are light and won’t absorb a lot of moisture, meaning there is less of a chance of fungus and mold build up on the roof. If you install a high-quality terracotta roof from City2Surf, you’ll see a significant reduction in your energy bills.
- Concrete Tile
Concrete tiles are naturally reflective, thus reducing heat gain. If you want to reduce your cooling bills, a concrete tile roof may be in order. Concrete tiles are incredibly wind and storm resistant too and will last many decades with minimal maintenance and upkeep.
Slate roofing is some of the most durable roofing material on the market. It will last anywhere from 75 to 150 years. Roofing materials comprise, on average, about 3% of all landfill materials. If homeowners invest in material that lasts longer, there will be less roofing material clogging up landfills and polluting the environment. Slate is also incredibly dense, and will naturally regulate the building’s interior temperatures, increasing your energy savings. But be aware that slate is heavy, and your building may not be able to handle a slate roof. At City2Surf, we will thoroughly inspect your building before we give you a quote, so you’ll know what roofing materials are the best choice for your home.
Why should you choose City2Surf for your energy efficient roof installation?
Here at City2Surf Roofing in Sydney, we pride ourselves on giving our customers the best roofing materials and a quick installation job for an affordable price. We know just how expensive home heating and cooling costs are, so we want to make sure that we can get you a roof that will significantly reduce your monthly bills.
How can we do that?
First, we’ll inspect your roof, and see what kinds of materials will work best within your budget and with your building’s overall structure. While a slate roof is one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials, it’s not always recommended. But we can happily set you up with a terracotta, concrete, metal, or hardwood shingle roof. Any one of these roofs, installed by expert contractors like those of us at City2Surf, will last you decades. And best of all, a high-quality energy efficient roof will save you money in the long run.
Contact us today for your free, no-obligation quote, and we’ll get you set up with a gorgeous, energy-efficient roof. Give us a call on 0416 452 422 or fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you shortly.