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Environmentally-Friendly Roofing Options

Today, roofing companies in Toronto can offer more options than ever to homeowners when it comes to environmentally-friendly and energy efficient roofing materials. With Alpine Roofing, you can choose from a range of materials like low-maintenance and environmentally friendly clay roofing to aesthetically appealing natural cedar options.

Green roofing materials offer much more in terms of protection, performance and environment protection than conventional asphalt shingles or tiled roofs. Ranging from metal roofs to recycled wood shingles, most of these materials are virtually immune to the heavy snow and hail experienced annually in Toronto. The best option for your home depends on the design of your home, local building codes, and price considerations, here are our top five green roofing solution:

Recycled Shingles: made from waste materials including rubber, plastic, wood fibre, and other waste materials from organic sources are also used in the production of these shingles. Among the most popular and perhaps the “greenest” - some recycled shingles offer 50 year warranty and carry fire ratings that could lower your insurance rates.

Wood Shingles and Shakes: consider a product made from reclaimed lumber from mills, bridges, old water and wine tanks and a number of other sources, rather than from old-growth western cedar or from companies that harvest sustainably grown (certified by the Forest Stewardship Council) eastern white cedar trees to produce shakes and shingles.

Slate and Clay Tiles: slate is a natural material and produces an extremely durable roof tile; consider salvaged slate and clay roof tiles to add character as slate mining and transporting it to market is an energy-intensive process.

Metal Roofing: offers excellent reliability and durability, prevents ice dams from forming, are ideal to collect rainwater for eco-gardening, and are ideal for solar-panels. Recycled metal roof can be made from aluminium, steel, and even copper.

Rubber Roofing: reinforced rubber shingles made from old steel-belted radial tires is a relatively unknown material for roofing but are available in a variety of textures and colors. A big advantage to this material is a long life and a 50-year warranty, including against hail and other extreme weather. Verify that rubber roofs are permitted in your area before choosing this option.

Regardless of your choice for your residential roof in Toronto, with Alpine Roofing you can rest assured that every element of the job, including all flashing and ventilation, will be handled correctly. If you need soffit, fascia, eavestroughs and siding installations, we handle that as well. If you have questions about the right roofing material for your home, contact us at 416-469-1939 today or use our online contact form to request a free estimate.