Why is metal roofing good for the environment?

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More Florida residents are searching for environmentally-conscious alternatives to everyday products. One popular trend is to install solar panels on roofs (something we’re ready to help you do).

 

In addition to installing products on your roof, you should consider changing the material your roof is made of. Many homes and businesses in the U.S. have roofs made of asphalt shingles, a relatively cheap material that’s widespread because of its affordability.

 

Shingles aren’t the best when it comes to going green. After its 15- to 20-year lifespan runs its course, your roof will be part of the 13 million tons of annual shingle waste. And their short lifespans (relative to what’s available on the market) make them that much more wasteful because they’ll be replaced more often.

 

When it comes to protecting or caring for the environment, metal roofs are king. There are a number of reasons for this.

 

Metal roofs are energy efficient

Metal’s unique properties make it so that it’s environmentally friendly in its application, not just production and installation.

 

Metal roofs reflect solar radiation, which makes it so heat isn’t absorbed the same way it is with asphalt. Because there’s a reduction in the amount of the sun’s heat bogging down your home, there’s less of a need for air conditioning to stay cool. That makes it so you get to use less electricity without torturing yourself with some of that humid Florida heat. The cut in electricity usage is a major way to improve your carbon footprint.

 

There is a sort of butterfly effect from metal that results in some trimming of energy usage that you get to take credit for, even if those cut backs are a bit more miniscule. For example, because metal is lighter, it doesn’t require as much fuel to transport it to your house. Or consider that because metal roofs require less maintenance than other materials, you won’t have to have roofing contractors drive to your home all the time – we’d love to come see you, but we’re pretty sure you’d rather not have to see us.

 

Reduce, reuse, recycle

The Three Rs of environmental sustainability are all about repurposing products so they don’t go to waste, and metal roofs are their best friends.

 

First off, the metal sheets used to make metal roofs are 100% recyclable. They are often made from recycled material like steel and aluminum. Compare that to some asphalt shingles that are made from recycled materials but aren’t recyclable themselves.

 

Second, metal roofs last more than 50 years. That means they can last for more than three asphalt shingle roof lifespans. So even if the metal is unable to be repurposed after use, it still will reduce a lot more waste than shingles, not to mention save you some money.

 

Third, metal could even be installed on top of asphalt shingles if desired. Metal roofs, while durable, are commonly lighter than roofs made of other materials. So if your home already has an asphalt shingle roof and you want to make it last a little longer before having it thrown out, you could have metal installed on top of it.

 

And finally, metal roofs are ideal for those implementing other sustainable alternatives around the house. For example, it’s very easy to set up solar panels on metal roofs, and those solar panels can generate more electricity thanks to the reflecting solar radiation of the metal. They can also be used for photovoltaic systems or harvesting rainwater.

 

Conclusion

Going metal equals going green. If you want to be the kind of homeowner who takes pride in how their residence is helping the environment, there’s no reason to avoid metal. And if you’re a commercial property owner wanting to boost your likability with environmentally-conscious customers, it’s a win-win. It helps that metal is also beautiful and durable in Florida weather.

 

Alliance Group is proud to have its sister company Alliance Sheet & Metal Fabrication, which produces the sheets we install on homes. If you live in Florida, contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with all your roofing needs – metal or not.

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