The movement towards more green options in homes and businesses has affected just about every industry. The roofing industry is no different. In fact, in many ways, roofing is one of the most consequential decisions when it comes to green options. That’s because your roof takes direct sunlight throughout the day. A roof that is optimized to conserve resources can have an incredible impact. Roofs can do more than just conserve resources as well; they can also create resources.
Solar panels are one of the most obvious examples of green roofing options. A solar panel is fairly simple in its construction. It is a panel full of photovoltaic cells. When light energy hits the cells, they convert that light energy into electricity. The panels are then wired either into your home’s power grid or into batteries. They can be supplementary sources of electricity or your primary electrical source.
Solar panels are sometimes expensive, but they can be offset with tax subsidies. They’re also offset with savings on your electrical costs. Some homes actually make money by selling electricity back to the utility company; that requires quite a few solar panels, though.
In some windy areas, you can have a roofer install wind turbines on your roof. These are not tall wind turbines like you might see in a wind farm. Instead, they’re tiny turbines built into roofing tiles. Each one spins when the wind blows. They’re optimal in 10 mph winds or faster. They can produce small amounts of electricity that can reduce your reliance on the power grid,though.
Plant roofs are the literally greenest option. They are roofs that are covered in soil and greenery. Some of them are just covered in grass, whereas others have bushes and plants. They can be somewhat heavy since soil will hold onto water. However, they will work to insulate the home as well as providing more square footage for growing plants. Rainwater is put to good use before it runs into the gutters as well. The best benefit is likely the insulation.
When it comes to roofing, all of these green options are great but the most effective option is likely just insulation. Insulation keeps heat from escaping your home during the winter and from entering your home during the summer. A lightly colored roof that is properly insulated can reduce heating and cooling demands for the entire year. That will likely reduce your reliance on the grid more than solar panels or other solutions.