Green Home Remodel: Healthy Homes for a Healthy Environment - Roofing

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A quality roof plays a key role in protecting the rest of your home from the elements. If you find you are in need of a roof replacement, approaching the process with green remodeling principles in mind will maximize your roof's protective qualities, and your investment, while minimizing its environmental impact.

A green remodel can help you realize many benefits from a single smart design. With careful planning, you can create a home that combines beauty, efficiency, comfort and convenience with health and conservation.

This guide can serve as a staring point for your roofing project to help you take a wide-angle and long-term view of your options such as:

  • Evaluating roofing choices with additional green criteria
  • Focusing on long-term savings versus initial cost
  • Assessing the life-cycle costs of the prospective materials
  • Ensuring your roof really needs replacing rather than repairing
  • Locating qualified installers of unique roofing options
  • Understanding sheathing and flashing choices
  • Reusing and recycling the old roof

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