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Many homeowners are becoming increasingly interested in sustainable and eco-friendly roofing options for their homes. Charlotte roofing companies have seen more demand in recent years for roofs that improve a home's heating and cooling efficiency and are constructed from recycled or recyclable materials. Because of increased awareness regarding environmental issues, many highly respected roofing manufacturers are following these trends as well and are creating materials that are much more eco-friendly than anything available just a generation ago.

Many modern roofing products contain recycled materials. In fact, some shingles are made entirely from recycled wood, plastic and rubber components. These shingles are highly durable and have an appearance most similar to slate tile. They also have a high fire safety rating that is equal to metal roofing materials.

Other roofing types can be manufactured from recycled components as well, including wood, metal and asphalt. Sustainable wood shingles are generally made from recycled or reclaimed wood or materials harvested in a way that is consistent with modern forestry practices. Metal is one of the world's most recycled materials, especially if it's steel. Residential metal roofing is growing in popularity, but in general, it can be expensive, even when factoring in the increased energy efficiency it offers.

Many homeowners fail to consider what will become of their roof at the end of its natural lifespan.

A roofing professional from Southern Home Services of Charlotte NC would be happy to answer questions about vinyl siding or fiber cement siding.

Some products, like asphalt, can easily be recycled into now shingles or into the asphalt used in paving projects. Wood shingles and shake can be reclaimed and re-purposed as well. Clay, concrete and slate are generally more difficult to recycle or reclaim for other projects, however.

Aside from being recyclable, modern roofing materials can help the environment in other ways. They can reduce the energy used to heat and cool the home and lower a homeowner's dependence on fossil fuels. To make their home even more efficient, homeowners can plug air leaks, increase insulation in the attic and apply a reflective top coat to prevent the roof from absorbing too much heat. This is generally quite cost-effective, and the energy savings can total up to 40 percent less energy utilized for summer cooling.

Another option is to go with a cool roof. This not only cools the interior of the home, but helps reduce reflected heat in the surrounding environment. These are great options for homes in urban areas that experience heat-island issues during the warmer seasons. Generally, these can be constructed from a variety of materials, but light-colored metal is currently trending.

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