Metal Roofing: Sustainability

  • March 20, 2017

Weatherproof Qualities

Metal roofs made of Copper, Zinc, Steel, Lead and Aluminium can withstand harsh, adverse weather conditions with ease. Heavy rainstorms, hailstorms, snow and winds pose no threat to the structural integrity of a metal roof.

Energy Efficiency

A metal roof can help to keep a dwelling cooler during the summer period and warmer during the winter period. Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, actually deflecting UV radiation keeping the dwelling cool, thereby reducing reliance on air-conditioning, cooling fans etc…The result of this is reduced energy bills.

Metal roofs are also excellent insulators. When installed with the appropriate insulation material, heat will be retained in the dwelling for longer. This will help to reduce heating bills.

Durability and Longevity

Metal roofs have a significantly longer expected service life compared to conventional roofing materials. The materials can be shaped fairly easily without suffering cracks or breaks and require minimal upkeep. The result is a massive financial saving in roof repair and replacement.

Recyclability

Many metal roofs contain a percentage of recycled metal, while the whole of the content of a metal roof is more or less recyclable. You will rarely find metal roofing making its way to a landfill site. When you compare that to millions of tonnes of conventional roofing debris ending up in landfill sites, it’s clear that metal roofing is an outstanding eco-friendly solution.

While the initial, upfront cost may be high, the financial saving over time due to minimal maintenance, energy efficiency and long service life will far outweigh the initial cost.

Many homeowners are becoming aware of the eco-friendly benefits of metal roofing. Architects, Home Designers and Builders are seeking the sustainability benefits that metal roofing can provide and are eager to offer up this option to clients. This option is gaining in popularity.

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