Going green and using sustainable or recycled materials are becoming increasingly popular during home renovations and remodeling. One aspect of home remodeling and renovations that you may not have considered is your roofing insulation and upgrading it. Unfortunately, many people turn to fiberglass as the only or go-to option. The truth is there are several natural roof insulation options that are sustainable and provide as much and in some cases more, insulation than traditional options.
Sheep wool is an option if you want sustainable and natural roof insulation and you are not vegan or vegetarian and concerned about that aspect of this material. The reason that many people are turning to this material is because of the benefit of how it is constructed when hard-pressed. When the wool is pressed down, it can trap warm and cold air, keeping it from entering the roofing area and keeping your energy efficiency strong. Sheep wool can be purchased in normal rolls and carries an R3 to R4 rating, depending on the grade of wool.
Denim insulation is an option that also is overlooked by most people considering their roof insulation options. Denim is durable and has an R-value of 13 to 21 depending on the grade of denim. With that in mind, it is available in blown or rolled options. Another benefit to this type of insulation is the increased air quality. There are no fibers or fragments to get into the air and cause respiratory issues like you would find with fiberglass. Denim also offers better acoustics than traditional fiberglass. In addition to all of these benefits, you can also gain the benefit lowered energy bills due to the efficiency of the denim during various weather conditions and temperatures.
Cork is not something you may even consider as a roof insulation option. In fact, cork tends to bring up either bottle corks or cork boards for most people. The truth is, cork can be a very green and sustainable option for your roofing insulation needs. It is easy to place and either comes in panels or rolls. The cork gives off a smokey smell or woodsy smell, but it is not hazardous and can enhance the home if you are looking for a natural woodsy scent throughout the house to add to the atmosphere.
These are just a few of the options you may have available to you. For a list of what natural roof insulation options are available to you contact your roofing contractor. They can give you options as well as pricing estimates.