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Metal Roofs are Green - No Matter What Color They Are!

coated steel tiles | Metal Roof NetworkNo matter what color you choose, metal roofs are still green. It's why they're an ideal choice for those intent on making sustainable and eco-friendly building choices. Check out this article by James Kenton, which elaborates on exactly why metal roofing is the perfect roofing material for eco-warriors.

Here are the highlights:

"Energy Savings - Compared to dark gray asphalt shingles, a metal roof can save a homeowner up to 25% in cooling costs." That's thanks to the reflective and emissive properites of the roof, which reduce the heat penetrating the roof deck by about 45%. And energy savings aren't just good for the wallet, but the environment too - less energy consumed equals less fossil fuels burned equals less pollution and smog.

"Longevity - A metal roof is expected to last over 50 years - two to three times longer than an asphalt shingle roof." That makes it highly likely that a metal roof will be the last roof a homeowner will need to install on their home - and that reduces time, energy, money and materials that would be spent on re-roofing. Another bonus? No asphalt shingle waste in the landfill!

Recyclable Materials - Metal roofing contributes to a growing market for recycled steel, including old cars, dishwashers and refrigerators. All steel roofs contain at least 25% recycled content and, at the end of it's useful service life, a metal roof is 100% recyclable. Compare this to the tons of asphalt shingles and other roofing materials that are disposed of in landfills each year. 

Metal roofs are "green" all the way through - from construction, to use, through the end of their long lives."

finished steel panels | Metal Roof NetworkRead the rest of the article, and if you like it, read more! It's plain buyer savvy to thoroughly research your options before replacing an old roof or buying a new roof Our FAQ page is a good place to start, and our FREE re-roofing booklet is a comprehensive overview of not only metal roofing, but the most popular roof materials available today. See how they rank on the green scale, and learn more about why metal roofs are ALWAYS green - no matter what color they are!

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