We know first hand that living in an older home can be frustrating when we get down to comparing green features. While we have made plenty of green upgrades, the insulation in our attic is only so-so and we have standard asphalt shingles on the roof. While we'd love a fancy new metal roof, sometimes enhancing what you've got is a better idea. Enter green roof coatings from recycled rubber that can save significant energy costs and increase a roof's lifespan.
These products really do sound too good to be true. Making use of recycled tires, these coatings apparently improve the energy efficiency and life expectancy of metal and asphalt roofs. There are a few products out there that make these claims, but we'll look at Tire2Coat and Hyperseal here. Both companies make products specifically for roofs out of recycled rubber. They are formulated to adhere to just about any surface, but especially metal and asphalt.
Tire2Coat is a green elastomeric roof coating that can last for 10 years. It will reflect heat, seal leaks, and provide a bit of insulation. Known as a "cool roof," the reflective coating helps deflect heat instead of absorbing it. It also uses up old tires which would otherwise end up in the dump.
We know we'll definitely be looking into these products in a couple years when our roof gets a bit older.