When picking out a roofing material, you want to find one that is as close to ‘perfect’ as possible. Nothing is perfect, of course, but you can sort through your options to find one maximizes the positive while minimizing the negative. With metal roofing, there is a lot to like, and one big plus is the eco-friendly nature of the material. We should all be concerned about doing our part to protect the planet and opting for a metal roof is a nice small step in that direction.
Made to Last
At first glance, durability might seem like something that is strictly a performance benefit, rather than something that would make a product eco-friendly. When you think about it though, being durable is actually a huge part of being kind to the environment. Since metal roofs can last for generations, they won’t need to be replaced by new roofs made from new materials. That means less environmental impact down the line, and a positive overall effect on the nature around us.
Keep It Clean
Do you ever think about what kinds of chemicals and other things rainwater may pick up off your roof before it lands on the ground? Some roofing materials aren’t too pleasant from this perspective, offering the water plenty of nasty stuff to take along for the ride. With a metal roof, there are no such concerns. Often, metal roofs are installed without any additional chemicals on the surface, meaning the rain that falls on your home can stay clean as it flows down the slopes and is taken away.
Wonderful Energy Efficiency
This is perhaps the biggest positive for a metal roof as far as the environment is concerned. These kinds of roofs are good insulators, helping to regulate your home’s temperature. In the winter, your metal roof will help to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. In the summer when you have the air conditioner running, it will do just the opposite. Thanks to the insulating ability of your metal roof, your energy costs should go down and you should use fewer of the earth’s resources at the same time.
The Power of Recycling
Many metal roofs on the market today are made from recycled materials, so you can feel good about putting material to use that was already used in another capacity. And, although metal roofs tend to last a very long time, the roof you install is very likely going to be recyclable. So, whenever it is done protecting your home, it can go on to serve other purposes.
In the end, you probably won’t pick a metal roof only because it is eco-friendly – after all, there are other things to consider, as well. However, when you add the eco-friendly nature of the product to the many other positive elements it provides, the choice starts to become an easy one. For a roof that is kind to the environment and also will perform well as the months and years go by, metal is the right pick.