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Going green has become a trend in the construction industry, and it is easy to see why. Homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to reduce the impact of waste in the environment. This is evident in the choices they make when it comes to roofing materials. To that end, two of the most sustainable roofing materials on the market are asphalt shingles and metal.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common residential roofing type because of their durability and longevity. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for 30 years. At the end of their service life, they can be recycled and reused for other purposes, like paving new roads.

According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, about 2 million tons of reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS) were used in creating roads across the U.S. in 2015. Indeed, recycling asphalt shingles help reduce landfill waste and help build new thoroughfares while minimizing the need to use natural resources.


Metal roofs can withstand hail, rain, and snow, resist fire, and deter troublesome pests. Metal is considered an environmentally friendly roofing solution due to its energy-saving features, durability and recyclability.

Considered a “cool” roofing option, metal roofs can help save homeowners up to 40% in their energy consumption. They provide a much higher level of solar reflectance than other roofing options, which helps keep the home well-insulated and comfortable. In terms of longevity, they have a long service life of 50 years at the least. When it comes to recyclability, they are the best option because they don’t become landfill waste.

You can’t go wrong with asphalt or metal because either way you’ll be contributing to sustainability. To guide you with this, turn to a roofing contractor like Spicer Bros. Construction, Inc. We’ll help you pick the right asphalt shingle or metal roofing solution to suit your home.

Give us a call at any of these numbers: (410) 546-1190, or (302) 703-6754. You may also fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation quote. We serve Lewes, DE, and Denton, MD.

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