What does it mean to Go Green?

BlueisGreenGoing Green does not simply mean recycling. Going Green is a movement that is friendly to the natural environmental and is sustainable for the earth. It also requires big or small steps in minimizing the carbon footprint we leave behind as a result of being on earth. One of the larger footprints we can leave behind is the energy we expend to live in our homes. A roof provides the most energy efficient options for a home to “go green”.

At Pro Roofing & Siding, we take steps in all of our trades to help our clients achieve a Green Home. We advise clients that are looking for efficient siding options to go with JamesHardie HardieZone® System. It offers siding with specific performance attributes relative to the climate here in Georgia. Other JamesHardie products are durable and low maintenance. [click here to watch a video] Clients that are getting an exterior or interior paint job on their home can be assured that our preferred paint supplier, Sherwin-Williams offers  Zero VOC and a Low VOC paint options which are virtually odorless. Window replacement clients are offered Energy Efficient Windows from our preferred supplier Simonton Windows. [click here to read a blog about energy efficient windows]

Do you know what Green Roofing is?

A Green Home is healthier and more comfortable. By this, we mean it’s more durable and energy efficient leaving a smaller environmental footprint.  The Roofing durability starts with moisture control. As roofs are not water proof but shed water, there are many parts to a Roofing System that work together to create a water proof home.


Shingle Options

Asphalt shingles are considered green because when installed correctly will have a long life and can be recycled into Hot Asphalt Pavement. Hot Asphalt Pavement in turn is recycled many times into new roads. There are also Cool Roofing Shingles that help a home stay more efficient. This product is designed with granules that have greater reflection than traditional shingles. This results in less the transfer of heat into the home.

Attic Ventilation

The Roofing Systems also offers attic ventilation. Ventilating a home is the best way to keep heat and moisture from the building. If moisture is trapped in the Attic it will diminish the durability of the roof causing condensation creating mold and rot. The attic is the only place you want to be drafty. Properly ventilated attics keep temperatures year round and can be 30-40 degrees cooler. It helps protect the structure and can extend the life of a roof.


Solar Panels

The Roofing System is by far the most common place for Solar Energy. There are many types of products to meet the needs of the home. Shingles work well with Solar products because the shingles are easier to walk on while installing and can handle the penetrations in the roof to hold the Solar products in place. The sun exposure is usually the best on the roof and the attic is a great place for the utility connections.

If you are looking to add Solar and do not need a new roof, it is best practice to involve a Roofer. Usually Solar Panel Installers are not aware of best roofing practices. For instance, they usually will use caulk around the penetrations made for the Solar products. This will deteriorate over time and cause leaking. A Roofer will install leak barriers to keep the integrity of the roofing system. There are times when adding Solar to a roofing system will create the need for more attic ventilation. The most problematic issue with installing Solar incorrectly is it could void the roof warranty.

Energy Savings

There are tax credits available on shingles that are Energy Star qualifies. Utility bills will go down when a home is more efficient and some companies will offer rebates for using reflective shingles.

As you can see there are many reasons a roof can be your greatest asset in Going Green!

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