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Question DetailsAsked on 5/3/2011

Low cost eco-friendly roofing material

Can you direct me to an eco-friendly roofing material that costs about or slightly more than regular asphalt? My 200+ year old home is not a candidate for a solar roof. I have looked into recycled slate, rubber, cedar, metal and ceramic, and they are all astronomically more expensive.

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Replacing a roof in a 'green' manner consists of several things. You'll want to build for longevity (durability), minimize replacement costs and use less landfill space. Most steel roofing consists of 35% recycled content and aluminum is 95%. The more ecological choices in roofing are more lasting and durable, meaning they’re produced from more costly raw materials, driving up their final cost. For example, tile is more expensive initially, but will last for decades, while you'd have to replace asphalt many times over. Or, try Re-new Wood, Inc. They manufacture Eco-shakes which are priced competitively with other comparable specialty roofing products (such as fire-treated wood shakes, tile and metal roofing.)

Answered 9 years ago by Angie's List


Just about every roofing material you can think of for a sloped roofing system will cost more than an Asphalt Shingle roofing system. If your home is 200 years old it was likely built with old growth cedar shingles. Those are about tripled the cost of asphalt shingles and are no where near as good now as they were then because the cedar is not coming from 500 year old trees anymore.

Believe it or not but asphalt shingles are actually very eco friendly. Many many areas have setup shingle recycleries where the asphalt is recycled into road tar.


Answered 8 years ago by ReliableAmericanRoof

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