Another Sustainable Solution: Metal Roofing
When you think “roof” what automatically pops into your mind’s eye?
Probably the old standby roofing materials: asphalt, rubber, wood, clay, slate. But have you ever stopped to consider metal?
Yes, that’s right—metal. Not only is metal roofing cool (literally—but we’ll get to that in a second!), it’s green.
Metal roofing is making a big splash from coast to coast for its many sustainable qualities. Not only does it save on heating and cooling, but it’s often made from recycled metal, lasts much longer than traditional roofing materials and, at the end of its long life, is 100% recyclable.
The sustainable material saves energy year-round, decreasing air-conditioning needs in the summer and heating in the winter, which, in turn, reduces both our carbon footprint and electricity bills—up to 40 percent during the summer and 10 percent in the winter.
If that’s not eco-friendly enough for you, metal roofing can be installed directly over old roofing, preventing tons of asphalt and rubber roofing from ending up in landfills. And because metal roofing is more durable than traditional roofing products, there is less need for replacement and repair, decreasing the need for both raw materials and the energy necessary to convert them into construction-grade metals.
And “metal” doesn’t mean drab, either. Metal roofing comes in enough styles and colors to satisfy even the most discerning home or business owner. Good looking and environmentally responsible. Who says you can’t have it all?