Metal Roofing Benefits
The benefits of metal roofing lasts for years (literally) but here are some of the main reasons homeowners choose metal roofing:
- Longevity - 50 + year life expectancy
- Durability - Resists fire, wind, ice and mold
- Curb Appeal – 100’s of styles and color combinations
- Re-sale Value – 35-yr paint finish warranty ensures a lifetime of value
- Environmentally Friendly – 100% recyclable with 20-50% recycled content
- Lightweight – Up to 1/7 as light as shingles
- Energy Efficiency – Read below to learn metal roofing energy efficiency
As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installation of reflective metal roofing can save up to 40% of cooling energy costs in summer while highly emissive metal roofs can reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12 ° F.
Combined, these benefits mean less money out of your wallet, less dependence on energy resources and less general air pollution in your neighborhood and across the nation. Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings — one-sixth of all electricity generated in this country.
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Why choose a Metal Roof for Energy Efficiency
* ENERGY STAR qualified roof products reflect more of the sun's rays. This can lower roof surface temperature by up to 100F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building * ENERGY STAR qualified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10–15 percent
During building design and when your existing roof needs replacement are both excellent times to consider reflective roofing. The ENERGY STAR energy-efficiency criteria do not include a specification for roof insulation. However, in addition to reflectivity, roof insulation (measured by the R-value) plays an important role in building energy consumption for heating and cooling. The colder the climate, the greater the need for a higher R-value to ensure that less heat is lost from the building envelope. To determine the minimum R-value for a given location, refer to the International Energy Conservation Code.