The environment might not be top of mind as you consider roofing materials, but metal roofing is an eco-friendly option that can benefit your home and the world around you. An estimated 11 million tons of waste from asphalt shingles is generated each year—polluting the earth and wasting precious raw materials.
Using recyclable materials like metal may help divert waste from landfills and reduce the need to extract and process raw materials. This may ultimately reduce energy consumption—and the amount of pollution pumped into our ecosystem.
Metal roofing can be treated with special paints and granular coatings that reflect solar energy while re-emitting any solar radiation that was absorbed. This may help lower energy use by reducing the need to run the air conditioner. Metal roofing is also a solid foundation for solar panels, making it a prime candidate for solar system installation; often, these two projects can be completed simultaneously.
Metal roofs typically have a longer service life and require less maintenance than other roofing materials like asphalt. The expected life of a metal roof is 40 years, compared to 23 years for asphalt and 20 years for a single-ply roof. Depending on the type of metal and roof design, some metal roofs are able to withstand many types of weather.
Metal roofing isn’t limited to the industrial look of corrugated panels; these days, metal roofs can be made to mimic a variety of roofing styles. This means you can get the look you want while taking advantage of metal’s many benefits. You can find metal roofing in different aesthetic styles, including metal shakes, tiles, vertical panels, and shingles—all of which we’ll discuss in further detail later on in this guide.
Quicker Installation Times
Some metal roofing types may be applied over an existing roof without having to tear off existing shingles or add new structural support, which can save your contractor time—and may potentially reduce labor costs in the long run.
In the event of a fire, metal roofing may provide an extra measure of protection. Most metal roof materials are noncombustible and typically earn a Class A fire rating—meaning they offer superior fire resistance.
Well-Suited to Particular Climates
Metal roofs are particularly beneficial for certain climates; if you live in an area that sees its fair share of sunlight, cool metal roofing may help reduce energy use by keeping your living space cooler.
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