The roof is easily one of the sturdiest structures in your entire house. It has to be as it’s your first line of defense against rain, heat and inclement weather. While naturally durable and resilient, it can still get worn down over time. Thankfully, you can do something about it.
Up and Above Contractors, your local roofing contractor, shares simple ways you can make your roof more sustainable.
Garden roofs are the poster child for sustainable roofing. Despite how intricate the work seems to be, it’s actually pretty straightforward to do as you simply have to install a thin to medium layer of soil on the roof where plants can flourish.
Converting your roof into a garden can benefit your home greatly. On top of adding much-needed greenery to your home, the plants also serve as an extra and more efficient water and heat barrier. These roofs can also improve the thermal and acoustic insulation of your home.
The roof, for all of its natural sturdiness and durability, will still get worn down by strong winds, rain and heat. Doing preventive repair on it makes it more sustainable in the sense that the structure will remain in good condition throughout the year. Preventive repair also allows you to head off problems like leaks that can otherwise damage your roof when you least expect it.
As your roofing and siding contractor, we know that the key to effective preventive repair is planning ahead. You can never really tell when the roof will require upkeep as leaks and other problems aren’t obvious from the curb. A good way to plan out your repair schedule is by doing a monthly or bi-monthly inspection, preferably by a professional.
This is another way to make your roof more sustainable and, more importantly, more energy-efficient. Reflective coatings are usually associated with metal roofs, although there are several available for asphalt and even cedar shake roofs, too.
As their name suggests, reflective coatings help alleviate the solar heat gain of the roof, mitigating ambient heat while also helping you reduce the need to artificially cool your home during those warm days.
Up and Above Contractors is ready to assist you with your all of your roofing needs. We also install quality replacement windows and doors. Give us a call at (973) 531-4225 for more information on our services. We are a local roofing contractor in Northern New Jersey.