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When it comes to roofing, most are familiar with the basic materials that can be used. Almost everyone has seen an asphalt shingle roof. However, due to advancements in the materials' manufacturing process, there are a few unconventional roof types that homeowners may want to consider. Three examples of these less popular roofs are the living roof, the "white roof" and recycled rubber shingles.

Living roofs are an interesting concept in green living. Instead of having a roof that has been built with layer upon layer of inorganic materials, a living roof is a layer of sod that is seeded with various plants. Dallas roofing experts note that this concept is most popular on flat or shallow pitched roofs for ease of maintenance. Perhaps the trickiest thing about living roofs is making sure that they keep the water out of the home, since the materials used are more porous than the typical roof. However, a well-made living roof protects the home with a layer of plant life, promoting a healthy environment.

While not new, the "white roof" is a concept that has seen improvements in recent years.

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This type of roof isn't limited to one specific building materials, but rather is the notion of using lighter-colored building materials for the roof. This is done to reflect light and heat off the roof during the summer. In doing so, homes with such roofs can see energy savings during the summer. However, the savings are more pronounced during warmer summers, making this a more popular choice in the south than in northern states.

Recycled rubber shingles are a relatively new idea in roofing materials. These shingles are usually made from recycled tires much like many outdoor running tracks. One benefit of these shingles is that they are often cheaper than traditional asphalt shingles. They are also easy to maintain and have a slightly longer average longevity than asphalt shingles. Additionally, it is hard to ignore the environmental benefits of roofing a home with recycled materials. These roofs can be a bit of a problem, however, where chimneys and HVAC units join with the roof. The most common maintenance task of a rubber roof is resealing the regions around these seams.

These three roofing strategies may not be the most common, but they all have distinct advantages over other types of roofs. Most of these advantages allow a home to be serviced in a more environmentally friendly manner. Those seeking environmentally friendly and energy efficient solutions for their home should consider these options, therefore.

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