In our increasingly environmentally conscious world, homeowners seek sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives in every area of life, including home improvement. One area that’s ripe for a green makeover is your home’s roof. Traditional roof replacement has been the go-to option for homeowners when roofs start showing signs of wear and tear. However, it’s a process that has a significant environmental impact due to the waste it generates and the natural resources it consumes.
So, what if there were roof replacement alternatives that are not only kinder to the environment but can also save you money? Enter roof restoration and rejuvenation, an eco-friendly roofing alternative that extends the life of your roof, minimizes waste, and often comes with a lower price tag.
The Environmental Impact of Traditional Roof Replacement
A traditional roof replacement is a labor-intensive process that involves removing the old roof materials and installing new ones. In the U.S., the removal process generates around 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste yearly, most of which ends up in landfills. Those 11 million tons of asphalt roofing shines are equivalent to 11 million barrels of oil! Can you even imagine pitching that much in the trash just because it is starting to age?
On top of that, the production of new shingles also consumes significant amounts of energy and raw materials. Add on top of that the transportation energy! Then, the installation process often requires using petroleum-based products that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
Now, we are going to add one more startling fact for you. The quality of asphalt shingles has declined over the past few decades, with newer shingles being about a third lighter than their predecessors due to less asphalt. While the thinner shingles consume less material and are easier to ship, this decline in quality leads to roofs lasting a shorter amount of time, typically 15-20 years, depending on the climate and other factors. Instead of asphalt shingle roofs lasting a solid 30 years, homeowners are lucky to get those 15-20 years out of them. Due to this, homeowners have to replace their shingles faster, incurring more waste and a higher cost than they used to.
The Eco-Friendly Roofing Alternative: Roof Restoration and Rejuvenation
Now, you may be thinking, “Yikes! How can I prevent all that material and money from being wasted?” Enter roof restoration, the sustainable answer for roof replacement alternatives. Roof restoration aims not to replace the roof but to extend its lifespan by treating the existing roof with an eco-friendly roofing restorative solution.
Founded by professional roofers with over 30 years of experience in the industry, Roof Maxx has developed an eco-friendly roof restoration solution designed to add five years of life per application to an intact asphalt roof. This solution was born from the observation that newer shingles were drying out, cracking, and breaking apart sooner due to less asphalt content.
The main ingredient in Roof Maxx is a plant-based, food-grade, non-toxic oil. This plant-based technology has been used in upgraded technology in new award-winning Goodyear tires. This oil is then transformed into millions of tiny micro-beads, quickly penetrating shingles to replace lost oil, restoring their flexibility, durability, and waterproofing abilities.
The Benefits of Roof Restoration
#1: Long-Term Environmental Sustainability:
One of the most significant benefits of roof restoration over traditional roof replacement is its lower environmental impact. Roof restoration extends the life of the existing roof, significantly reducing waste that would otherwise end up in landfills. By rejuvenating and maintaining your existing roof, we use fewer resources, conserve energy, and decrease the demand for raw materials. Furthermore, since the primary ingredient in Roof Maxx’s solution is a plant-based, non-toxic oil, it eliminates the need for petroleum-based products and minimizes the release of harmful greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.
#2: Cost and Time Savings:
The cost of roof restoration is typically less than a total roof replacement. Since restoration uses your existing roofing materials, there’s no need to purchase new shingles or pay for the labor-intensive process of removing old shingles. The process is less disruptive and time-consuming, meaning fewer labor costs and less time spent on construction. Additionally, a well-maintained roof can lower heating and cooling costs by improving your home’s insulation and energy efficiency.
#3: 15 Years of Extended Roof Life:
Over time, asphalt shingles lose their oil, leading them to dry out and become brittle. Our plant-based oil replenishes this, restoring flexibility and strength to the shingles and slowing down the degradation process. This extended life allows your roof to protect your home for many more years than a traditional roof replacement. With Roof Maxx, each application of our roof restoration treatment can add up to five years to the life of an asphalt roof which you can do up to three times – that’s 15 years of roof restoration!
#4: Improved Roof Performance and Durability:
Roof Maxx’s restoration process restores the shingles’ ability to shed water effectively, reducing the risk of leaks and water damage. It slows down granule loss, crucial in protecting the shingles from the sun’s UV rays and maintaining their color. Furthermore, the restored flexibility allows the shingles to withstand harsh weather conditions, from scorching heat to freezing cold, without cracking or breaking. This leads to an overall improvement in your roof’s performance and resilience.
#5: Preserves Property Value and Increased Aesthetic Appeal:
A well-maintained roof is an essential factor in your property’s value. A home with a recently restored roof can be more attractive to potential buyers because it indicates that the house has been well cared for but at a much lower cost to the home seller. Also, it saves the new homeowner from having to make significant roofing repairs or replacements immediately after purchase. On top of that, a restored roof can enhance your home’s curb appeal. Over time, roofs can become discolored or stained. The restoration process rejuvenates the roof’s function and appearance, giving it a more vibrant and new look.
Overall, roof restoration is a smart and sustainable choice for homeowners who care about the environment and want to ensure their roof is in its best possible condition. With benefits such as reduced environmental impact, cost savings, extended roof life, improved roof performance, preserved property value, and aesthetic appeal, it’s clear why more and more homeowners opt for roof restoration over traditional roof replacement.
Eco-Friendly Roofing Alternatives with Roof Maxx
At Roof Maxx, we’re committed to providing sustainable roofing solutions for the environmentally conscious homeowner. For more information about our eco-friendly roof restoration services and to get a free quote, please get in touch with us. We’re here to help you protect your home while preserving our planet.