Can You Storm-Proof Your House With an Eco-Friendly Roof?

As you stay home this winter, you might be inclined to fixate on necessary home improvements. Whether you want a functional home office or you’d like to invest in smart technology to keep your property secure and comfortable, it makes sense that you’d like to make your home the best it can be. But if you live in an area that’s prone to snow and other major weather patterns, you might need to start focusing on an improvement that’s a little more practical and a little less exciting: roof replacement.

A properly ventilated roof can last more than 20 years, but that doesn’t mean your property is guaranteed to be protected. When you live somewhere that’s vulnerable to hurricanes or tornadoes, you need to make sure your home is properly prepared. After all, weather plays a role in around 21% of all car crashes — but strong winds and floods can do even more damage to your domicile if you aren’t careful.

Your roof is an essential barrier that protects both structural elements and the interior possessions you hold dear. Of course, it needs to be strong — particularly if you live in a spot that experienced one of the 1,520 tornadoes that occurred in 2019 alone. But what if you also want your roof to be as eco-friendly as possible? You might care about durability, but does that mean you can’t care about the planet?

Fortunately, in this case, you can have both — as long as you choose wisely. Materials like wood shingles aren’t necessarily the best option here, as wood needs to be replaced frequently and isn’t fire-resistant. Clay and slate can be viable choices, as they’re highly durable, but they can also be expensive and may not be the right option for every type of roof.

Undeniably, one of the most attractive options for both storm-proofing and sustainability is the metal roof. The Metal Roofing Alliance reports that consumer interest in metal roofing is on the rise, particularly among homeowners living in areas prone to hurricanes. Metal roofs can often withstand winds of more than 140 miles per hour and provide additional protection against flying debris, hail, and fire. In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in 2018, homes with metal roofs remained standing due to the wind resistance these roofing systems provide. And because metal roofs typically won’t lift away from the structure or leak during a hurricane, that means the structure will be far less susceptible to damage. There are also methods that can make a metal roof even more wind-resistant, such as using more clips and fasteners or changing the dimensions of the roof to accommodate a narrower width or heavier gauge.

Of course, durability isn’t the only reason to choose a metal roof. It’s also one of the most eco-friendly options available, as it’s made almost entirely out of recycled materials and can be completely recycled once it’s finally lived out its usefulness (which can be anywhere from 40 to 70 years, according to State Farm). The fact that metal roofs can last more than three times as long as traditional asphalt roofs means they’re inherently more sustainable, but the use of metal materials can promote further sustainability. It’s also a highly energy-efficient material, which means you can reduce your cooling costs and energy waste — allowing you to lead a greener life without even trying.

That said, metal roofs don’t come cheap. They’re definitely an investment, so it’s not generally recommended that you opt for a metal roof if you plan to move in the near future. But if you think of this roof replacement as a long-term investment and want to remain in your home for as long as possible, this eco-friendly material can reduce your environmental impact and keep your home protected in the event of a natural disaster.

It’s true there’s no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to roof replacement. But if your concerns are to stay green and to stay safe, it’s nice to know there are viable options at your disposal.

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