The last few decades have seen the growing need for more sustainable alternatives to traditional materials. Due to this shift, environmentally friendly products became more than just a trend – they have become the norm. From products, such as metal roofing, down to services, “green” materials are being used more than ever for almost everything.
Metal has almost become synonymous with roofs. Made from various materials like tin, aluminum, copper and galvanized steel, the metal roof has recently been racking up points in the sustainability category and has actually been touted as a green building material. It’s eco-friendly features include the following:
Contrary to popular belief, metal is sturdy enough to withstand high winds provided that it has been installed properly. By what we see from the charred remains of any burned down building, the only thing that is left unscathed is usually the metal roof. This is because it is fire-resistant and even has a longer life span than asphalt roofing. The metal roof you buy today might very well be the last one you will ever need to buy in your lifetime and that translates into one less piece of waste ending up in a landfill.
A roof made of metal reflects the sun’s rays exceedingly well. Home interiors with metal roofs will not get warmer than they should be, and cranking up the HVAC system won’t be necessary. Combined with proper ventilation and insulation, savings are set to go up by 40% on energy bills alone.
Metal roofs are already green at the start of their life cycle as many (if not most) metal roofs are made of up to 40% recycled material. Even at the end of their useful life span, they can still be recycled. The high reusability and recyclability features of a metal roof are astounding from a waste reduction standpoint.
Combining all these features, it is not hard to see why metal is a green building material that reduces energy bills, waste production and the need for roof repair. Be wary of contractors that pass off their products and services as environmentally friendly. For quality and assurance you can count on, contact Elite Roofing Solutions, Inc., at (855) 588-6610. We serve Houston, TX, and nearby areas.