As the environmental crisis progresses, people are rapidly seeking out environmentally friendly alternatives to their way of living. Aside from reducing plastic consumption, setting up compost bins at home and reusing household items for longer, there are more substantial steps people are taking to reduce their carbon footprint.
One way this is happening is with the rise of environmentally friendly roofs. Living in an entirely self-sustainable, entirely eco-friendly home is not a possibility for most people, but investing in eco-roofs is a way for people to live in a more environmentally friendly way that isn’t completely out of reach. Here are some examples of how people have been incorporating their environmental consciousness into the roof of their home.
Solar Panel Installation
Solar panels capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells and convert it into electricity to run household appliances and lighting. The benefit of solar panels is that the power they produce is essentially free and will reduce your carbon footprint as they don’t release harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants. And you don’t need to worry about living in the UK, as solar panels absorb rays even on cloudy days, so the UK is still an excellent place to install solar panels.
Their only downside is their initial costs of installation, which could be made back through money paid by the Government. Unfortunately, as of 31st March 2019, the Government ended its incentive payments to people with solar panels, so anyone who gets them installed after this date will not benefit from receiving payments for generating electricity or exporting it to the grid. This makes solar panels less of a financial investment, as the only money to be saved will be on not spending money on regular electric bills. However, they’re still a great choice for those wanting to reduce their carbon footprint.
When roofs need replacing, people are turning to recycled materials to minimise the impact on the environment. Roof shingles can be made from recycled waste materials such as old roofing scrap, plastic, rubber or wood fibre, or even from clean post-consumer waste or industrial waste. The recycled content is diverted from landfills, which reduces the need to extract and process the raw materials, lowering energy consumption and reducing pollution.
A green roof, or living roof, is when a roof is covered in vegetation that doesn’t disrupt the infrastructure. Green roofs last longer than conventional roofs, reduce energy costs with natural insulation, look aesthetically pleasing, boost a garden’s biodiversity, improve air quality, can reduce noise levels and are low maintenance installation. Additionally, they do not need any kind of hydration system as they can be built to retain rainwater, which also improves drainage, as green roofs counter flooding in the event of excess rainfall.
An awful lot of CO2 emissions are released from buildings, so green roofs are a great way to combat this by reducing the need for air conditioning, as buildings will be cooled during the summer by evaporation, and ensuring that less heat is required in winter due to the increased insulation.
Metal is one of the eco-friendliest roofing materials available. It’s durable, low maintenance and can be recycled at the end of its life. Metal roofs can last approximately 60 years with routine maintenance and care, which will cost less in the long run for roofing replacements and contribute less waste to landfill.
Metal roofs are also serious energy savers; they are great insulators so they can keep those heating bills down in winter. At Bushbury Cladding, we can offer you high-quality metal roofing sheets for your home. They provide an extra layer of protection to your roof and can withstand strong winds and bad weather. Additionally, as much as 40% of our sheets come from recycled materials, so you can further help to reduce the impact on the environment – and once you’ve enjoyed a lifetime of use from the roofing, they can be recycled again.
If you would like to increase the insulation efficiency of your home even further, we also supply wall cladding sheets which are suitable for a range of purposes including on domestic premises, agricultural buildings and commercial dwellings. Wall cladding is excellent for insulating buildings, keeping those energy bills down and reducing your carbon footprint.