Metal roofing is increasing in popularity. Homeowners love its clean, pristine look and its lengthy lifespan. But there’s another reason to choose metal roofing for your home: it’s good for the planet. Here’s a look at three eco-friendly benefits of metal roofs.
They reduce your air conditioning use.
Metal roofs are reflective, especially if you choose one in a light color. This means they absorb less heat from the sun than dark shingle roofs, keeping your home cooler in the heat of summer. A cooler home means your air conditioner uses less electricity. Since most electricity in the US is obtained by burning coal, which is a very polluting process, conserving electricity is an earth-friendly move.
Less waste is generated.
Metal roofs can last 50 years or more. In this time, you’d typically go through two shingle roofs, each one generating waste. The day your roof reaches the end of its life may be far away, but when that day comes, the metal from the roof can be recycled into other products. This helps reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
They’re made from recycled materials.
Most metal roofs are made with a high percentage of recycled metal. If you are trying to meet green building standards or build your home as sustainably as possible, your roofing contractor may recommend metal roofing that’s made from 80% or more recycled metal.