Tampa Metal Roofing
For those who are eco conscious, metal roofing is a great, sustainable choice. It has many environmentally factors working for it that make it stand head and shoulders above landfill fodder like asphalt shingles and overtaxed natural resources like wood shake. For homeowners who are truly committed to treading lightly on the earth, metal sheets and shingles are one of the best and most viable choices for roofing. It just so happens that metal roofing is also beautiful, low maintenance, and highly customizable, so for once sustainability doesn’t have to mean sacrifice.
It’s Energy Efficient
Metal roofing has an extremely high solar reflectance value, which means that the sun’s rays are deflected off your home’s roof and away from your living space, keeping you cooler in the summer and representing an energy savings of as much as 40 percent in some cases. New technology with pigmented varieties increase that savings even further, cooling indoor air temperatures by as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit, as one study found. But don’t worry, you won’t be freezing in the wintertime- metal roofing also offers a high insulation value to keep heated (or cooled) air inside the home, not leaking out into the air where it does no one any good.
It’s Durable and Longlasting
You already know that buying fewer things and using them until they wear out is a great way to practice sustainability in your everyday purchases. Well, now you have a chance to put that principle into practice on a much larger platform- your home’s roof! Metal roofing is one of the most durable roofing materials in all types of climates and weather conditions. With industry standard guarantees lasting 50 years on average, it could be the last roof that you’ll ever need! You won’t need to worry about replacing it after a decade or so and sending a truckload of roofing material to the landfill. You also won’t have to worry about maintenance or repairs, which is just another added perk.
It’s Recyclable When It Does Wear Out
For one thing, it is completely recyclable, so when it does finally wear out after years and years of hard use, it can be melted down and turned into something else, or even another roof! The great thing about materials like metal and glass over other recyclables like plastic and cardboard is that they’re infinitely recyclable. Where plastic can only be “downgraded” into thinner plastics after the recycling process- for example, a milk jug may turn into a plastic bag, metals and glass lose nothing by the recycling process and can go right back to being exactly what they were- or anything that’s needed! In this way, metal is an almost infinitely sustainable resource. In fact, most metal roofing that you can buy on the market contains 25 to 60 percent previously recycled materials already. When you buy a metal roof, you can be sure that you won’t be contributing hundreds of pounds into landfills as you would be doing if you’d chosen a series of asphalt shingled roofs over the lifetime of one metal roof.
It’s Solar-Panel Compatible
Although solar panels can now be installed on virtually any roof, there are some factors that make them easier to install and more effective at harvesting the sun’s energy. For one thing, there is the longevity issue. Metal roofs offer warranties and guarantees that, in many cases, outlast those of the solar panel companies. With other roofing materials it is usually the opposite, meaning that you would have to uninstall and reinstall your entire solar system when you needed to replace that roof. Metal roofing saves you the hassle.