Green Metal Roofing

Most roofing is asphalt shingles, the problem with this is that they are petroleum based.  This means that it is inherently ecologically and environmentally unfriendly roofing choice.  Disposing asphalt is very difficult to do, and once it is brought into the landfill it will remain there for decades to decompose.  Asphalt shingles are detrimental to nature and the environment.  So you’re probably wondering what a better alternative to asphalt shingles is? Well.. metal roofing has become a very popular alternative in the construction industry as a green roofing material choice.

The good thing about metal roofing is that it can last much longer than an asphalt shingle roof, which only averages 10 to 20 years of service life. Metal roofing can last well over 35 years when properly installed. The trick to a long lasting metal roof is strict adherence to the metal roofing manufacturers installation guidelines.

If you decide to hire someone to install your metal roofing or you would like to do this yourself, be sure to follow the installation instructions correctly.  Installing metal roofing correctly involves preparation of the roof deck, proper application of roofing underlayment, and correct installation of metal roofing system. Installing your metal roof correctly will allow for many years of providing energy savings, maintenance free roof protection, and durable and long lasting beauty.

If you’re considering a metal roof for your home, here are a few good reasons to convince you..  the first thing is that metal roofing is reliable and long lasting green building material which means you can earn green building credits for installation of the energy efficient metal roof that is rated by Cool-Roof council and by Energy Star for its solar reflective properties.  Homeowner’s insurance can also be lowered by 35%.  If you live in a heavily wooded area, metal roofs are fire retardant which means they do not support fire.  Metal roofs can withstand powerful storms and category four hurricane winds. This may be very helpful if you live in a hurricane prone area. If you live in terrible winter conditions, metal roofs provide excellent protection in the cold climates especially because they are coated with specialty coatings, metal roofs shed snow and ice, which may help you prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.

If you’re looking to make your home look modern, you can choose from the traditional metal shingles and shakes profiles available in beautiful metal roofing colors, to the vertically oriented lines of standing-seam metal roofing panels that can easily be enhanced with roof integrated solar roofing panels.  This combination will make your house energy efficient!

Do not let the costs of metal roofing deter you from considering installing metal roofing for your home. It will help you lower your cooling costs, appraise the value of your property, and provide many years of reliable service to you.

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