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Metal Roofs – An Introduction / Environmental Benefits

Metal Roofs – An Introduction / Environmental Benefits

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A greater degree of protection from the elements, specifically the harsher elements, is offered by metal roofing systems, as opposed to other types of roofs.

Metal roofing is one of the fastest growing options for re-roofing material in the United States.

Metal roofing is known to last for an average of 50 years and many home owners are attracted to the knowledge that they won’t need to replace their roof again anytime in the near future.

Very little maintenance is needed for metal roofing systems and they often live out their 50 to 70 year life spans with only the occasional tweak here and there.
Another huge advantage to metal roofs is that they are not flammable.

Metal roofs that are installed properly will almost never leak. The fastening, sealing, and coating systems of today are specifically designed to be leak free and ensure that rain, snow, and wind stay on the outside of your home.

Environmental Benefits

The longevity of metal roofs alone is one of its greatest environmental benefits. The National Association of Homebuilders Research Center estimates that the amount of asphalt shingles that are thrown into garbage dumps in the United States may be as much as 20 billion pounds per year.

On the other hand, most metal roofing is made from about 25 percent recycled materials. And once it comes to the end of its incredibly long life span, the entire metal roof can be painlessly recycled.

Metal roofs can usually be installed right over whatever old roofing materials you currently have. This avoids expensive and environmentally hazardous roof removal and does not add one shingle to our dwindling landfill space.

Because of their reflective qualities, metal roofs can easily keep out the sun’s rays and drastically reduce your air conditioning bill. This not only saves you money but it helps you to use less energy, which is great for the environment.