Choosing the right roof for our home can be crucial. For one, we all know how the roof protects us from extreme weathers like storms or heavy rains and even on extreme heat. Without a roof, it is possible for wild animals to enter our homes especially those who can just easily fly in and show up from nowhere. Second, the design of the roof has the power to give character to the outdoor look of any house.
Homeowners and building owners alike, who have become aware on how the roof can have the most environmental impact, have opted to try the green roof, “Most roofs that are primarily covered with some type of living vegetation can be considered a green roof. There three primary types: intensive, extensive and trays. Intensive and extensive green roofs are are a permanent vegetative roof. Intensive roofs are thicker, heavier and require the most maintenance, but they are also able to support larger and a wider variety of plants; extensive roofs are more common on large, commercial scale buildings. Intensive roofs are similar to extensive, but they are lighter and thinner, and are more commonly found on smaller scale structures. Green roofs can also be made with containers, or trays filled with vegetated material, which is a non-permanent and less expensive option. Whichever option you choose, make sure that roof is designed to support and maintain a vegetated roof. Pros: Aesthetically pleasing; reduces, absorbs, and filters rainwater runoff; provides an extra layer of insulation; can act as a vegetable garden; a natural habitat; extends the life of a roof and/or building; can increase the value of the building,” wrote Rachel Wray Thompson of diynetwork.com in her article titled 4 Eco-Friendly Roof Options.
Interestingly, recycled shingles were mentioned in the article of Dan Chiras titled Eco-Friendly Roofing Options for motherearthnews.com, “Among the most popular — and perhaps the ‘greenest’ — of all roofing products are shingles made from recycled waste materials, such as plastic, rubber, or wood fiber. Some products are made from clean post-consumer waste (waste from homes), others from post-industrial waste (factory waste). Recycled-content shingles are amazingly durable, and they look nice, too. You’d never know they were made from “waste” materials! Recycled-content roof shingles help divert waste from landfills and reduce our need to extract and process raw materials, which lowers energy consumption and reduces pollution. Some of these products are recyclable, too, and many come with amazing 50-year warranties. A few even carry fire ratings that could lower your insurance rates.”
Orland, who took his time in finding the best roofing contractor in Singapore, shared that when he built his dream house, one of his main concerns was it has to be ecologically friendly, “I wanted a white house like one of those in Santorini, Greece. But I checked first what my other options are. And I was glad to know there are more. While I do want a roof that looks stunning, my main concern has always been about it being environmentally good. ”
Josh Garskof, in his article 5 Things to Know Before You Replace Your Roof for time.com, reminded us to go top shelf when planning to replace the home’s roof, “To make sure you don’t have to worry about your roof again—and give you some selling points when you’re ready to move—go for top-quality products. That means: 50-year-shingles (shingles with the longest available warranty add just $300 to $500 to your total cost) with an “architectural” look (varying color and thickness that creates upscale character for just $250 to $750 extra). You’ll also want to opt for copper flashing, the most durable metal for sealing the joints where a roof meets a wall or another roof, which might add $1,000 or more compared with aluminum.”
William, a roof contractor in Singapore, agrees with this suggestion of Garskof, “Going for the best quality roof should be a priority because you want something that will last for years. You don’t want to buy the cheap ones that you will replace right away anyway because in the long run, it will cost you more.” William is one of the busiest roofing contractor in Singapore and he has had a lot of clients who regretted going for the cheap ones, “Always keep in mind that longevity means lesser expenses.”