Two Environmental Benefits Of Asphalt Shingle Use

Posted on: 26 August 2016

If you're looking at some of the environmentally-friendly options for replacing your roof, you may want to ask your roofer about asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingle roofing is a popular choice and one that can stand up to nearly any weather or hazards. Before you make a final decision on your roofing material, here are some things you should know about asphalt shingles.

Minimizes Environmental Waste

When you choose asphalt shingles for your home, you can actually reduce the waste that finds its way into landfills. These shingles are made from a variety of recycled materials including reclaimed aggregate, keeping it all from becoming waste material. This also minimizes the demand for new production, which reduces consumption of the raw materials required to manufacture them.

You can minimize waste even further by opting for the asphalt shingle with the longest rated lifespan. The longer the lifespan of the shingles you use, the less often you're going to have to replace them. For example, if you choose a shingle with a 30-year lifespan, you'll get close to three times the estimated life of a ten-year shingle. That's at least two shingle replacements you won't have to do.

Minimizes Resource Use

When you choose asphalt shingle roofing, you can incorporate some features that will help you minimize resource use for things like climate control.

  • Light-colored asphalt shingles reflect heat. This prevents the sun's rays from causing heat transfer into your home. This can minimize your cooling costs and resource demand in the summer months. In addition, the lack of heat absorption also prevents the expansion and contraction cycle that happens as the temperature of the shingle fluctuates. Since this type of physical change can cause cracking, this can save you significant costs.
  • Asphalt shingles support a radiant heat barrier. In addition to choosing a lighter shade of shingle, asphalt shingles will support the installation of a radiant heat barrier underneath. Usually crafted of a thin layer of metal insulation, this barrier prevents radiant heat transfer into your home. The combination of the two can have a significant effect on the comfort of your home.

As you can see, asphalt shingles are a great investment for any homeowner who may be looking to minimize their environmental footprint. When you choose asphalt shingles, you'll minimize the waste and resource consumption without sacrificing comfort or appearances. Talk with a roofing contractor like those at Acoma Roofing about the asphalt shingle choices for your home.

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