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Sustainable Roofing Materials

Homeowners in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Silverdale and Tacoma are starting to see sustainable roofing trends as not only an exciting option but a practical one as well. And as your go-to roofing company, we want to help you better understand your options.

Before we talk about your options, let’s clarify a few things. We often hear folks use “eco-friendly” and “sustainable” synonymously, but that’s not necessarily true. To put it simply if something is eco-friendly it’s not harmful to the surrounding environment. Sustainable materials are raw materials sourced without doing permanent damage to the environment.

Let’s learn more about these materials.


Solar energy is often one of the first options homeowners think of when want to make their home more sustainable, and this is a great option. By Increasing your home’s energy efficiency, you cut your carbon footprint and save on your energy bills.

Thanks to advances in technology, solar panels or shingles are now a more affordable and viable option. While they are still not cheap, the cost savings over time make it worth the investment.

If you’re considering solar, check out a recent blog that goes further into detail about all the nuances here.

Metal Roofs

Over the last ten years, we have seen a steady increase in the popularity of metal roofs. These roofs aren’t just for farmhouses and barns.

Metal roofing can be made to look just like traditional shingles, and they offer the durability and longevity homeowners are looking for.

Metal roofing is considered sustainable because homeowners because it is highly reflective and insulative can help reduce heating and cooling costs, and also contains high percentages of recycled content.

If you’re considering a metal roof, check our recent blog, Five Reasons Metal Roofs are a Good Option in the Pacific Northwest.

Asphalt Shingles

You might not think that asphalt shingles are considered a sustainable material. As one of the most popular roofing materials, this sturdy material has a long lifespan that holds up well through all kinds of weather events.

So, what makes these sustainable? The fact that they can be reused. According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, roughly 2 million tons of reclaimed asphalt shingles were used to create roads across the U.S. in 2015. Learn more about how asphalt shingles are reused here.

Mixed Material Roofing

Say you want a metal roof, but just can’t justify the cost. Well, mixed material roofing could be an option for you. Using multiple roofing materials is one of the newest roofing trends, and usually combines a hybrid of metal and shingle roofs. This style pairs metal roof panels and laminated shingles on separate roof sections and is not only sustainable but also provides incredible curb appeal.

A more sustainable roof is something we recommend you consider as you replace your roof. If you’re ready to start the process, please give us a call. Our inspections and estimates are done by our owner, Jim, who has worked in the industry for more than 20 years. He has the knowledge and expertise to match your budget with your wants.

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