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The world is becoming more environmentally conscious and people are slowly but surely adapting their lives and behaviors accordingly. The new eco-friendly movement has been gaining momentum in recent years, but it can be hard to keep track of all the buzzwords flying around these days.

One buzzword popping up in the roofing industry is sustainable roofing. A sustainable roof is energy efficient and produces clean energy as well.

No material can be absolutely 100% environmentally friendly, however, some are closer than others. Some materials that are found naturally have destructive extraction processes, whereas the creation of certain materials may not be eco-conscious but they help to significantly reduce our carbon footprints thanks to their longevity.

There are many factors that make something sustainable or unsustainable. While we can’t speak for everything, we can give you a little more information about what precisely a sustainable roof is.

Sustainable Roofing

Homeowners have several options available to them to make their home’s a little more sustainable, one of those include sustainable roofing. Here are some ways how you can make your roofing system a little more sustainable and eco-friendly:

Adequate Roof Ventilation and Insulation

By installing enough roof insulation and allowing for enough roof ventilation, you’ll significantly reduce the amount of money spent on energy bills. This is because insulation and ventilation are responsible for regulating your home’s temperature.

The United States could save up to 700 trillion Btu of energy if all home and business owners had properly insulated rooftops, according to research by James L. Hoff from the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing Washington D.C

Effective Stormwater Catchment

When it comes to water on your roofing system, most homeowners simply want to remove excess water immediately. People invest in premium gutter systems to do the job and often opt for sloped roofing because of its adequate water-draining properties.

But did you know that rainwater runoff from your home could be used for irrigation and to fill your swimming pool? You can make your rooftop more sustainable by investing in a stormwater catchment system.

Eco-Friendly Roofing Materials

Many roofing materials on the market offer homeowners great benefits regarding sustainability. The leading sustainable roofing material is metal roofing. It has a long lifespan, requires minimal maintenance, is often made up of recycled metals, and can be recycled once again once it reaches the end of its lifespan.

Metal roofs are no longer the only roofing option that can be recycled and made from recycled materials, thanks to the advancements made in asphalt shingle technology, you’re able to recycle your old torn-off shingles as well as re-roof your home with Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS).


There are many ways to make your home a little greener. For more information, give CMC Roofing Services a call today!

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