Published on August 23rd, 2014 | by Balanced Family0
The Surprising Environmental Benefits of Metal Roofs
What can you do to make your roof more eco-friendly? The answer might surprise you. According to residential roofing contractors, metal roofing systems are the way to go.
Metal roofing systems are made of several different metals, including copper, tin, aluminum, and galvanized steel. They can stand up to weather conditions like snow, hail, and heavy rain. They’re also fire-resistant and often pest-repellent.
But why are they good for the environment?
Metal roofs are extremely energy efficient, and can save homeowners as much as 40% on their energy bills, and you’re not the only one who will reap the benefits. The high solar reflectivity and low emission levels of metal roofing can actually lessen the severity of heat emissions in urban areas. And while other materials tend to lose their reflective tendencies over time, metal roofs show almost no drop at all.
Metal roofing systems also often exceed the the minimum Energy Star reflectance level requirement, depending on the color of the roof. Metal roofs range from 10-75%, while asphalt roofs linger in the 5-15% range. Switching to a white or lightly colored metal roof can reduce your energy spending by 20% and allow your home to stay noticeably cooler inside. If you really want to go all out, solar panels can be easily installed on or underneath metal roofs.
Metal roofs also last significantly longer than almost all other roofing types. In fact, they can last up to 60 years or more, which is two or three times longer than the average life of asphalt shingles. After the initial construction, you won’t even have to do much to maintain them.
The long life of metal roofs means that less material will end up in a waste dump during roofing replacement or repair, which might not even be necessary. If a metal roof does require replacement, the materials are all highly recyclable, making them a favorite among eco-friendly home builders.
Replacing your roof can take from a few days to several weeks depending on the size of the roof and type of replacement. Some 286,235 people are employed in the United States roof contracting industry, which includes 99,958 roof contracting businesses. If you’re ready to invest in a quality metal roof, contact some of the reputable roofing contractors near you to get quotes on your project.
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