Recycling Innovations: Towards Sustainable Roofing Practices

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Recycling Innovations: Towards Sustainable Roofing Practices

Sustainable roofing practices have become increasingly common as the world shifts toward eco-friendly options. Environmentally conscious homeowners and builders value new opportunities to reduce their carbon footprint. The roofing industry has adopted these innovations to make them more available, which often comes with the added benefit of long-term cost savings. 

If you live in Florida, where it’s hot year-round, you may benefit from sustainable roofing to reduce your energy bill. That’s why Bay To Bay Roofing has provided a guide with the newly available options.

What is Sustainable Roofing?

Sustainable roofing emphasizes using energy-efficient and recycled materials with clean energy to reduce the environmental impact. The goal is to reuse materials and create options that require less energy to produce and maintain, focusing on cost savings for homeowners and builders.

Using recycled products reduces the raw materials needed for roof installation, decreasing landfill waste. They also improve durability without being as heavy as other options, requiring less structural support to hold their weight.

5 Sustainable Roofing Materials

Recycled Shingles

Recently, there has been an effort to use recycled roofs (i.e., plastic, wood, and metal). For example, metal shingles are made with 25 to 95% recycled materials. Since metal is fully recyclable, this is highly beneficial, making it a great green choice.

EPDM Roofs

Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) or rubber roofs are made of an outer membrane that’s 100% recyclable, non-toxic, and used primarily for low-slope buildings. The two main ingredients, ethylene and propylene, are derived from oil and natural gas.

EPDM roofs are one of the most sustainable options because they emit half the amount of carbon as most standard materials and are compatible with green roofs. 

Green Roofs

Green roofs are made from vegetation. They prevent storm water from absorbing into the ground and surrounding water bodies. In addition, they conserve energy by:

  • Keeping your home cool
  • Reducing water runoff by 65%, delaying the flow rate for up to three hours
  • Creating biodiversity
  • Increasing the lifespan of your roof
  • Reducing the urban heat island effect

Cool Roofs

Cool roofs are designed to reflect more sunlight than conventional roofs since they’re made with light-colored materials, creating high solar reflectance. As a result, cool roofing provides about 10 to 15% energy savings.

Specifically, they shed heat by giving off thermal infrared radiation. In comparison, traditional roofs absorb heat, causing them to become about 50 degrees hotter than the outdoor temperature. Because your air conditioning units work harder, it increases your energy bill. 


Solar Roofs

Solar roofs are becoming increasingly popular because they serve as a clean energy source, drawing directly from the sun’s power. In addition, solar roofing has many benefits, including:

  • Low-maintenance
  • Friendly for a wide variety of climates
  • Affordable
  • Energy-efficient, allowing you to save money on your energy bill

You can also keep your power running when the grid goes down, especially if you have an off-grid system. Along with saving you money, solar panels will also increase the value of your home.

Smart Roofs

Smart roofs are one of the best inventions in roof innovation. Using an electronic coating, they keep your roof warm in the winter and cool during the summer without consuming natural gas or energy.

Furthermore, when you’re not home, you can be notified about roof leaks, rain, or blocked drains via electronic devices. They use sensors connected to an electronic panel that detects issues in real time, allowing you to address damage early on.

Call Bay To Bay Roofing For Sustainable Options

Whether you’re looking for sustainable roofing or recycled materials, Bay To Bay Roofing will advise you on which options best suit you. We prioritize customer satisfaction and eco-friendly options for your Florida home to maximize energy and cost savings.

With over 25 years of experience, we can assist you with your roofing needs. Feel free to contact us today to speak to a representative or to receive a FREE estimate!