Know How Your Roof Affects the Environment

Know How Your Roof Affects the Environment

The roof is one of the areas where you can make eco friendly choices for your home.

According to industry data, roughly 7 million U.S. homeowners replace their roof each year and many are looking for new "green" energy-saving options.

Traditional asphalt shingles are a petroleum product and require replacement every 15-20 years (or sooner), resulting in about 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles ending up in U.S. landfills every year according to the EPA. Asphalt shingles also increase dependency on fossil fuels.

Metal roofs are considered a sustainable option because they are made of at least 25 percent recycled materials and are 100 percent recyclable. Old refrigerators, dishwashers, automobiles, and even aluminum cans can be recycled into a high quality metal roof - with long term warranties, often 50 years or more.

As Earth Day 2017 approaches, here are a few things to know about eco-friendly metal roofs:

  1. Modern metal roofs have rustproof coatings and are available in a wide range of styles to fit any neighborhood. Many resemble traditional roofing materials such as tile or shake with the added benefit of sustainability.
  2. Steel products can be recycled repeatedly without loss of strength. When you buy steel, you're always buying recycled.
  3. For homeowners looking to be aggressive with green living initiatives, metal roofs serve as an excellent platform for photovoltaic systems, solar panels, or harvesting rainwater for reuse/irrigation.
  4. A metal roof has the ability to reduce both cooling and heating energy use, saving homeowners up to 25% in utility bills.
  5. Metal roofs are significantly lighter than other roofing products. A metal roof can often be installed directly over asphalt shingles, reducing landfill waste. 

To learn more about quality metal roofing, visit the nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance at

Read more about sustainable roofing options.



Topics: Building Green, Exteriors, Maintenance & Repair, Remodeling, Roofing

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