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Green Roof Options

If you are looking to replace your roof or make your roof more environmentally friendly, we have some great options for your home in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, or Port Orchard. A green roof is more accessible than you might realize.

Here are our recommendations for your PNW home.

Cool Roofs

Cool roofs are pretty self-explanatory. The roof itself is lighter in color so that it reflects the sun’s heat rather than absorbing it. This keeps the roof cool, and subsequently the interior of your home.

Living or Green Roofs

Living or green roofs are a great way to make your roof more environmentally friendly, Not only do these roofs clean stormwater runoff (the rainwater that flows into Puget Sound), but they help to insulate your home and are great for birds and insects.

You can read more about our thoughts on green roofs here.

Rain Barrels/Rainwater Harvesting

Take advantage of the rain and install rain barrels! Rain barrels are a great way to make your roof more “green.” Like green roofs, rain barrels help reduce stormwater runoff that carries pollutants to Puget Sound, but they also divert water away from your foundation.

A rain barrel can be purchased at your local hardware store at minimal cost and is easy to install. Just make sure your barrel is on a level and elevated base that can hold a few hundred pounds of water.

Choose a Durable Roof

A more durable roof, like metal or even rubber, can last up to twice as long as traditional roofing materials. This environmental impact is one benefit of durable roofing materials. But also, these materials themselves are recyclable.

Go Solar

While they aren’t the cheapest option, solar panels can greatly reduce your home’s energy consumption by powering your home. These are relatively easy to install and do We have an entire blog that helps you better understand whether or not solar is the right option for you.

When it comes to going green, there are some serious considerations you must take into account before you commit. We recommend you have your roof inspected before you try any of these options. Give us a call today, we would be happy to help get you started.

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