Eco-Friendly Roofing: Metal and Asphalt Shingles

Metal and asphalt shingles are two of today’s most popular roofing materials for these reasons: durability, relatively low maintenance and a wide selection of colors and styles that will fit every home design. If you are looking for eco-friendly options from roofing companies, these two materials should be on your list.

Eco-Friendly Roofing: Metal and Asphalt Shingles

Energy Efficiency

The right kind roof can help improve your home’s energy efficiency with the right reflective features. These roofs are known as cool roofs, and they feature light-colored outer layers that reflect sunlight, thus preventing excessive heat absorption. The less heat your roof absorbs, the less your home will require indoor cooling, which can make a significant reduction to your home’s energy consumption.

Having a metal or asphalt shingle with cool roof properties can help decrease your dependence on energy from fossil fuels. Enough cool roofs within a community contribute to reduction in the urban heat island effect. Plus, energy-efficient home improvements may make you eligible for federal tax credits or rebates.

Long Life Span

Roof replacements generate a lot of waste material, which is why roofing systems with long life spans are eco-friendly; they they help slow down the rate at which landfills fill up. Metal and certain asphalt shingle roofing systems have exceptionally long lives, and for most homeowners, they will only ever need to hire roofing companies to install a new roof just once in their lifetime. Long life spans also mean low life cycle costs, or the average per-day cost of your roof.


A recyclable roofing material has further positive effects on roof replacement waste. Metal and asphalt are two of the most recyclable substances on the planet. This means, when properly disposed of, a very small amount will end up in landfills. Organizations like help make asphalt shingle recycling accessible to many areas in the country.

To learn more about our roof repair, installation and maintenance services, call Barnhouse Exteriors today at (763) 493-5851. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve Minneapolis and the surrounding areas.