Eco Friendly Roofing Materials

When it comes to installing a new roofing system, there are several different environmentally friendly options that are available on the market. Each eco-friendly roof has its own given set of pros and cons.

The roofing system that is ideal for your home is dependent on your specific needs and circumstances such as the structure of your home.

In this article, we take a closer look at what the top 4 eco-friendly roofing options are. 


1) Wood Shingles 

A typical shingle system consists of utilizing asphalt. Needless to say, asphalt is not environmentally friendly. But, for a more rustic and classic look that is also eco-friendly, wood shingles would be an ideal option. Wood roofing shingles are extremely durable, easy to stain, and come in various colors.

What makes them environmentally friendly is the fact that they can be recycled and converted into other wood products that people can use in their homes. However, it is worth noting that wood shingles are regarded as being one of the most expensive types of eco-friendly systems available. And, you will need to replace it every 10 - 15 years, whereas other systems tend to last 30 -40 years. 


2) Clay Tiles 

Another type of roofing system to consider is clay tiles. Contrary to popular belief you can get a clay tile roofing system in an abundance of different styles and colors.

In addition to being eco-friendly, they allow hot air to circulate as opposed to trapping it on the inside of your home. As such, they can help to reduce your electricity expenses during the summer months.

They require very little maintenance and each individual tile can be easily replaced if something causes them to break such as a fallen branch. 


3) Solar Roofing 

Solar roofing is one of the newer types of roofing systems that you can choose. They can be installed on an existing system, or the panels can make up the roofing system itself.

It goes without saying that this is the most expensive type of nature-friendly roof that you can install. But as you know, solar panels can help to save you tens of thousands of dollars in electricity bills over the course of its life.

It's also worth noting that by installing this type of roof you may be eligible to get a few tax breaks as the government essentially pays homeowners to install solar roofing systems. 


4) Vegetative Roofs 

For a distinctive environmentally friendly option you can get a vegetative roof. As opposed to tiles, shingles, or metal, vegetative roofs turn your home into a garden. They are also regarded as being a statement roof that will definitely make your house the most interesting in the neighborhood.

When it comes to being eco-friendly, no other type of system is on its level. In addition to having a longer lifespan than any other similar system, they can improve the air quality of the area around your home as well as boost your property's thermal performance. But, in order for you to install a system like this, the structure of your property has to be strong enough to handle the weight of plants and dirt.

Once installed, it is truly a remarkable sight that will significantly increase the value of your home. 


For most people, the most realistic eco-friendly roofing material option is going to be either wood shingles or clay tiles. While none of the above are a cost-effective solution, they all provide benefits to protecting the environment.

If you'd like to explore any of these environmentally friendly roofing options give us a call today!