Sustainability is always an important concept when constructing a home. It's important to make sure that the resources you use are renewable to avoid placing a strain on the environment. Fortunately, when it is time to construct a new roof, your roofing contractor will be able to point you toward sustainable roofing options. 

Asphalt Shingles 

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common materials used to construct a roof. However, asphalt shingles are not very sustainable. Newer materials have made asphalt shingles more recyclable. However, there are still more sustainable options available if your primary concern is having a minimal impact on the environment.


If your aim is to have the most sustainable roof possible, look no further than clay. Clay is a type of roofing material that can last a very long time. Besides the life span, clay tiles can also be recycled and used for all sorts of purposes. If you don't want to bother with reusing your clay tiles, they can be sent back to the manufacturer and used to create new clay tiles.


Wood shakes are also sustainable. Some eco-conscious consumers express concern that the use of wood contributes to deforestation, but wood is actually sustainable because the trees that the shingles are harvested from are regrown in a continuous cycle. 


Metal roofs are becoming more common because of their inherent benefits and the fact that they are sustainable. The metal panels can be removed and recycled to make other products made of metal. They simply have to be crushed and melted down. Then, they are used to create new metal sheets. Aluminum and steel metal panels are both very recyclable. Metal roofs are also inexpensive and have a long life span. 

You might be concerned about how your metal panels will look since you might not like the idea of a metal roof. But your metal panels can be made to look like other materials. 

Metal roofs can be painted in virtually any color. You can choose a color that perfectly matches the rest of your home. For example, if your home siding has a particular color, you can have your metal roof painted the perfect color for your home.

Stamped metal roofing is a new type of roofing and can be made to look like other roofing materials. However, a discerning eye can still identify the roof panels as being made of metal. Therefore, you might prefer a more natural option, such as wood or clay.

Contact a local residential roofing service to learn more.