6 Environmentally Friendly Roof Designs

Above your head is a whole world of sustainable, eco-friendly homeownership. To reduce their carbon footprint, many homeowners focus on refurbished furniture or switching to glass kitchenware. Roof options such as solar, green, and cool roofs, on the other hand, can be both environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing.

Cool Roof: Best for Minimalists

A cool roof or “white roof” keeps your home cool by using reflective color in its design. Though white roofs are not commonly seen, they are becoming more popular as an energy-efficient alternative to dark asphalt roof shingles.  A cool roof can be installed with a variety of materials, such as metal shingles for steep roofs or reflective dark gravel in gray slag for low-sloped roofs. The lighter colors reflect light, keeping the interior temperature of your home cooler—and your summer energy bills lower. 

Green Roof: Best for Nature Lovers

Green roofs, also known as rooftop gardens, are made up of a layer of small trees, bushes, and other plants that are fixed over a waterproofing system installed on a flat or slightly sloped roof with drainage levels.  Read More  

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Tamra Lee Ulmer