3 Eco-Friendly Roof Choices For Hot Climates

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If you live in a hot climate, you will quickly realize that a lot of the roofing advice out there is not for you. You'll find recommendations to use thicker shingles because they are less affected by snow and ice. You'll find advice that tells you to use metal roofing because snow will slide off of it. This may leave you wondering — what types of roofing work well in your area, where you have a few cool winter days, but no snow or ice? Here are three types of residential roofing materials that are both durable and eco-friendly in hot climates.

Light-Colored Metal

Metal is often recommended as a top-notch roofing material in cold areas, but it works well in hot climates, too. This is especially true if you choose light-colored metal, such as metal that has been painted white or cream. The light paint and the metal will reflect sunlight away from the roof's surface. As such, not as much heat will pass into your home. The top floor of your home will stay cooler without the air conditioner having to work as hard. This translates to more manageable energy bills.

Metal roofs also resist UV damage. They won't become brittle after years of sun exposure like some other roofing materials, such as shingles or wood shakes, may.

Solar Shingles

If you want to go above and beyond in terms of earth-friendliness, consider having solar shingles installed on your home. Solar shingles work like solar panels. However, they are actual shingles rather than big structures that you mount on top of your existing roof. In a hot climate, the solar shingles can generate quite a lot of electricity -- maybe enough to power your own home. Solar energy is a clean, green source of energy, unlike coal and other fossil fuels that industrial power plants often burn to generate electricity.

Green Roofs

Green roofs are not roofs that are just painted green. They are roofs that have been planted with plants! The roof itself is made of a membrane topped with a layer of soil. Sedums and other plants with low water needs are rooted in the soil. Green roofs do well in hot climates since the plants receive enough sunlight year-round. The soil acts as an insulator, helping to keep your home cool, and the plants release oxygen into the air, which you and other humans need to breathe. 

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