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3 Green Building Practices Your Roofing Project Should Use

Posted on: May 15, 2015

Green building practices recycle shingles into roads

Recycled asphalt shingles are often used in roads

Solar panels aren’t the only way to save on energy and reduce environmental footprints. Green building practices like roofing with sustainable products and recycling old materials can be incorporated into your next roofing project for a more positive effect on the environment. See three ways to conserve natural resources while still building a quality roof

1. Green Building Materials

What a roof is built from can significantly affect the environment. From production to distribution, roofing materials can involve many natural resources. Reduce what you use by utilizing earth-friendly supplies like FSC® certified plywood from sustainable forests.

Energy savings is two-fold. Not only can the right insulation lower energy costs, but it can also conserve energy to benefit the environment. Talk with your roofing contractor about which insulation can help keep your operational costs lower.

2. Eco-Friendly Clean Up

Debris from reroofing and maintenance can result in excess trash. Ensure your reroofing minimizes environmental impact by recycling old shingles and materials. Chinook Roofing has taken the Owens Corning shingle recycling pledge to recycle old shingles from roofing projects. These discarded asphalt shingles have a surprising use: making pavement for roads.

3. Cool Roofs

According to CertainTeed, the temperature of a black roof in full sunlight can climb up to 190 °F. Not only can this affect energy expenses, but it can also shorten the lifespan of the roof. Cool roofs are specially designed to combat the sun’s heat and light. A cooler roof can limit air conditioning usage and increase comfort. CertainTeed has developed shingles like Landmark Solaris™ PLATINUM in assorted tones that reach ENERGY STAR® standards. With a shingle like Solaris, your roof can stay up to 20% cooler.

Learn more about Chinook Roofing and the eco-friendly practices we believe in. We know that Seattle-area residents and business owners are committed to green building methods, and so are we.


Chinook Roofing & Gutters is a Tacoma roofing company that provides installation and maintenance of roofs and gutters in Puget Sound area cities, including our home base of Fife, as well as Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Milton and more. We are experienced with a wide variety of roofing types, including composition roofscedar shake roofingmetal roofing and more. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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