Why Metal Roofs Are the Environmentally Friendly Solution
Eco-friendly metal roofs have grown in popularity with energy conscious consumers that want a more sustainable lifestyle. And with the adoption of LED lighting, tankless water heaters and other environmentally friendly solutions, metal roofing is the icing on the cake for green home living.
Installations of metal roofs have grown considerably during the past five years and that trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. As a result, metal roofs are now the second most popular roofing material, according to Roofing Contractor Magazine. Only single ply roofing is more popular.
Unlike those shiny metal roofs found in sheds and industrial facilities, modern metal roofs make it difficult to tell the difference between clay, shingle and other roofing materials. In fact, there may be homes in your neighborhood that you thought were shingles, clay tiles or slate, but may actually be aluminum, copper, steel or another type of metal roof.
So, what makes a roof environmentally friendly? First, metal is a completely recyclable material that eliminates landfill waste. It can be cleaned, melted down, mixed with other metals and formed into shingles, tiles and other attractive shapes. Also, the entire metal roofing process is more environmentally friendly than other types of roofs. Typically, the underlying roof is removed during a roof replacement which is then thrown away and hauled to landfills in fossil-fueled trucks. Then the new roofing material is installed. The process is repeated every 10-15 years depending on the type of roof. Metal roofing can be installed on top of asphalt shingles, and other types of roofs. If every homeowner replaced their roof with metal, several tons of roofing material would not wind up in landfills annually, not to mention the reduction in carbon emissions.
You can’t beat the strength and durability of a metal roof. Metal roofs have a long-life span of about 40 to 50 years or more. It is naturally resistant to moisture, termites and other pests which can damage other organic roofing materials. Storm damage is the most common reason for pre-mature roof replacements. Metal roofs can stand up to extreme hot, cold and windy weather conditions minimizing the need for roof repairs and replacements. It just may be the last roof you will ever need for your home.
You may have heard about cool metal roofs. While they are cool to look at, the term cool has been applied to metal roofs for their energy efficiency. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance, a metal roof can reduce home cooling costs by as much as 40%. In addition, painted or coated metal roofs reflect even more solar radiation keeping homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter minimizing energy costs all year long.
Since metal roofs have such a long-life span and require minimal maintenance, installing a metal roof can add to the value of your home making it easier to sell. Many industry professionals estimate that homeowners will recoup up to 85% of their roofing investment. Also, metal roofs can be painted in virtually any color desired which can give a home an attractive appearance that boosts curb appeal.