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Evaluation of the 5 several types of roofing supplies and which is healthiest for these residing in the home beneath.
When building a new home or buying an existing one, roofing style is probably the last thing you would ever consider as having an impact on health.
I’ve written before about how solar panels on the roof of a home are unhealthy, however what in regards to the precise materials of the roof itself?
Can this have an effect on well being too?
Surprisingly, sure it does!
Sorts of Roofing Supplies
Earlier than I am going into the well being advantages of some forms of roofing supplies over others, let’s overview the 5 most typical varieties.
The preferred kind of roof, asphalt shingles are reasonably priced and go well with most architectural kinds.
They’re are also simple to put in and work properly in quite a lot of climates.
Clay and Concrete Tile
Widespread in my house state of Florida, clay and concrete tile roofs work properly for Mediterranean and Spanish-style properties.
This type of roof is normally chosen due to its 50-year sturdiness and curb attraction.
Like tile, slate roofs are lengthy lasting for a lot of a long time. Additionally they supply fire-resistance and may be recycled.
Nevertheless, they have an inclination to not be as widespread as a result of want for skilled set up and price.
Wooden roofing is often created from redwood, southern pine, and cedar. It’s most suited to dry climates that don’t see a lot rain or fires. Few locations on the planet would qualify with these traits.
Wooden can also be very costly as a roofing materials, which mixed with its impracticality, makes it a reasonably unpopular selection.
Metallic roofs product of aluminum, copper and/or metal are catching on lately. They’ve come a good distance because the low-cost variations put in on the outdated barns of yesteryear.
Metallic roofing for properties is accessible as shingles or panels. Copper and stainless variations supply sturdiness that rivals and even exceeds tile and slate. This mixed with the affordability of premium asphalt shingles is inflicting steel as a roofing choice to actually take off.
As well as, steel could be very low upkeep and environmentally pleasant. Extra on this beneath.
Whereas this type seems to be greatest on cabins or bungalows, steel roofing may be manufactured to appear like slate or asphalt to go well with different architectural kinds.
Which House Roofs are Healthiest?
The roof of our house is product of asphalt shingles that have been put in in 1997. They have been designed to final about 25 years, so they’re undoubtedly coming to the tip of their usable life.
Plenty of issues have modified environmentally since then.
The largest is the arrival of widespread EMFs with 5G from towers beginning to roll out. House-based 5G from satellites is coming quickly as properly. (1)
Therefore, once we change our roof, we will likely be putting in steel panels or shingles, as that is the best roofing materials for blocking undesirable EMFs. (2)
The draw back is that any EMFs generated inside the house will likely be mirrored by the steel roof as properly, therefore mitigation of home EMFs is vital too.
Nevertheless, EMFs from outdoors the house are, by and huge, a lot stronger and probably well being disrupting than these which can be inside. Examples embody Wifi which is inside your management to cut back and even eradicate. Thus, the advantages of a steel roof for cover from undesirable outdoors EMFs can’t be overstated.
In fact, the elimination of 5G exposure in the home doesn’t simply contain the selection of roof. There are different vital methods to implement as mentioned within the linked article.
If you’re undecided of the present EMF load in your house, I like to recommend this inexpensive device as one thing to think about for normal measurement.
One other well being benefit of steel roofs is that they’re recyclable and don’t off-gas toxins into the house. (3)
Tile and slate roofs additionally supply restricted EMF safety and don’t leak toxins, however are a costlier choice.
Asphalt shingles are the least protecting and ought to be prevented particularly for those who reside in a excessive EMF, city space. Additionally they have the potential to off-gas poisonous fumes into the house. This will happen throughout excessive warmth occasions of the yr when the roof’s floor temperature can attain 140-190 F/ 60-88 C. (4)
Since we reside in Central Florida and our asphalt shingle roof faces west in the course of the hottest a part of the day, we’re combatting this drawback in the intervening time (till we have to get a brand new roof) with HEPA air filters (one for each 500 sq. toes or so) to take away airborne toxins that leak into the home.
Changing Your Roof Quickly?
Since roofing type is likely one of the costliest upkeep points for a house, if alternative is in your future, I might counsel investigating steel because the healthiest selection for our more and more hyper-connected world. It is usually a inexperienced selection that’s reasonably priced with no off-gassing considerations even in sizzling climates.
(1) 5G from House
(2) Do Metallic Roofs Entice or Block EMFs?
(3) Wholesome House Roofing
(4) Are Asphalt Shingles Poisonous?