3 Green Roofing Materials for New Build Homes
One of the greatest benefits of hiring new home builders to build your house from scratch is that you can use the materials of your choice. When you purchase a home, you have no say over whether the materials used to build the house are environmentally friendly or not, but as climate change becomes an increasingly pressing concern, you might want to have a say in how green your house is. One area that can make a huge difference to your home's green credentials is the roof, so here are some of the eco-friendliest materials you can choose for your new build home.
Roof pavers. These are essentially heavy paving stones for your roof, and they are ideal for a new build, because many existing structures can't carry their weight, whereas you can ensure that your house frame is supportive enough to support such a weighty roof. There are two major benefits of this kind of roof. First of all, they are flat and reflective so UV rays bounce off the roof instead of being absorbed into the home. Because concrete pavers are very thick, they are also very insulating, so your home should stay naturally warm in the winter and cool in the summer with this kind of roof.
Metal. If you are going for a sleek look with your new build home, metal can be a really great choice. Because of its highly reflective surface, it will reflect light and ultraviolet rays to keep heat out of your home. You can also paint on to metal with a light colour to reflect even more light and heat. Of course, there are many types of metal, but many metal roofs are made from recycled materials. Aluminium, for example, is a 100% recyclable ad sustainable material. This means that once it has fulfilled its purpose as a roof, the material can be used to create something else.
Bamboo. Bamboo is the green material of the moment. It's actually a type of grass and not wood, which means it grows really fast, and is entirely sustainable. It also doesn't attract bugs, rot, or mould in the way that wood does. It will need to be treated to ensure that it's totally weatherproof, but once that is done, you will have a protective roofing material that also makes your home look totally unique.
Which green roofing material will you choose for your new build home?