It's Easy Being Green: How To Find A Roof Style That's Right For You (And The Environment)

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The green movement is abuzz with different ways to stop humanity's impact on the earth, and this green fever has spread to nearly every industry in the world -- even the roofing industry. There are dozens of styles of roofs, but how do you know which one will be the best for the environment? If you're trying to pick out a green roof for your new home, here's what you need to know.

The Butterfly Effect

If a butterfly can cause a tornado halfway around the world, then why couldn't a butterfly roof cause a wave of eco-friendly houses in your own neighborhood? Butterfly roofs are V-shaped, with one side being longer than the other. The middle of the V forms a great gutter for collecting rainfall, while the high side on half of it lets you have bigger windows, letting in more sun and cutting the amount of energy you use to heat and light your home. 

Even better, the butterfly style is great for solar panels, with the angled roofs being exposed to more sunlight.

The Sawtooth Mountains

Reminiscent of one of the most beautiful natural mountain ranges in the world, a sawtooth roof looks like a mountain range -- two or more pitches (or pointed parts) occurring on the same parallel line. These picturesque roofs are extremely eco-friendly, with their numerous slants offering prime real estate for solar panels and/or large windows, which help bring natural light into the home and cut down on heating costs during the winter. 

If you really want to take this roof one step further, consider constructing it out of recycled wood -- the heavily supported skeleton of sawtooth roofs is perfect for these materials.

The Flatline

Flat roofs, once the sole domain of industrial buildings, have now progressed into the residential sphere, and bring with them their benefits for the environment. Though not perfectly flat, since all roofs need a slight slant to help water run off of them, these roofs are perfect for placing solar panels, as they get full sun without any of the obstructions of peaks on other roots.

Another green way to utilize your flat roof is to plant a garden on it. Whether you choose to just grow grass or support yourself by food grown on your roof, this is a great way to live more eco-friendly -- and to possibly inspire those around you to do the same.

If you're interested in any of these roofing types, or if you want to know what your other options are, contact a company like Onit Roofing & Exteriors Inc.

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