Sustainable Solutions - Roofing

posted Nov 5, 2013, 1:36 AM by Keith Groninger   [ updated Nov 5, 2013, 1:37 AM ]

Would you spend 50% more for something that lasts twice as long?  

This is the type of decision that is common when considering the sustainability of a home.  In this example, consider the value of upgraded roofing materials.  Better quality shingles, flashing and underlayments can often be used with minimal or no increase in labor costs for the installation.  This decision seems obvious when considering that a typical shingle roof lasts about 15 years and 30 years is the most common mortgage length.


This recent photo shows a cabin in the North Carolina mountains that my wife’s uncle built in the 1950’s.  The original metal roofing has lasted over 60 years and is just now looking like it might need to be replaced.  How’s that for sustainable?

Groninger Homes can help you with the value analysis of roofing and many other sustainable products and systems.