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Auburn Roofing: Article About Environmentally Friendly Roofing Options

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Many homeowners are looking for ways to lower their energy bills. For some people, it's about not only keeping their energy bills in check but also reducing their carbon footprint. One way for residents to lower their energy bills is to consider a new roofing option. Whether homeowners are remodeling an existing home or building a new house, Auburn roofing experts can help people get the eco-friendly roofs they want.

One environmentally friendly option for homeowners is coated metal. Many roofers now offer metal roofing that is coated in granite. Not only does this give the metal roof the appearance of being covered in asphalt shingles, it also helps the roof last a lifetime. In fact, many roofers offer a lifetime guarantee on metal roofs that are coated in granite. This lifetime guarantee increases the value of the home because these types of guarantees are usually transferable in the event that the homeowner wishes to sell. Even if a portion of the roof at some time needs to be replaced, the material used in making this style of roof is completely recyclable, which means it won't end up in a landfill. Despite being coated in granite, the metal does not lose its reflective properties. This allows the roof to reflect the heat of the sun away from the house.

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Homeowners who like the materials that their current roofs are made of can opt to simply change the color of their roofs. Studies show that light-colored roofs help reduce cooling costs compared to dark roofs. Light-colored materials acts as reflectors, which bounce heat away from the home in the same way that a metal roof reflects heat. Dark colors absorb heat, which makes it more difficult for a home's cooling system to keep the temperature inside manageable. According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, hiring a professional to change the color of a roof from dark to light can save homeowners between 10 percent and 50 percent on their annual cooling bills.

Wood shingles are seen as an environmentally friendly roofing material because they are 100-percent recyclable. For example, wood shingles that have worn out are usually cut up and turned into wood chips. This keeps them out of landfills, which is where most other roofing materials end up. Depending on how well wood shingles are cared for, homeowners can expect these shingles to last between 15 and 50 years. The climate in which the homeowner lives plays a huge role in how long the shingles will last.

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