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Metal is one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable materials you can choose for your
home’s roof. Below are several of the reasons why metal is a good choice for your home and the
Metals are exceptional building materials that can claim both recycled content and recyclable by
industry recognized green building definitions. A metal roof is constructed of a minimum of 20%
recycled content, and many times this approaches 60%. Additionally, metal roofs can be 100%
recycled once they’re taken out of service. Conversely, asphalt shingles comprise an estimated 6.8
million tons of landfill waste each year, nearly 3% of all municipal solid waste.
Energy Star certified metal roofs can reduce cooling costs and energy consumption by as much as
40% by reflecting a high percentage of the sun’s energy back into the atmosphere.
Reduces the Urban Heat Island Effect
In many urban areas of North America, the prevalent use of energy-absorbing building materials such
as asphalt shingles, concrete, and pavements can create a microclimate wherein temperatures are
higher than in surrounding rural areas. These materials absorb and store large amounts of solar energy
during the day, causing ambient temperatures to remain unnaturally high, sometimes by as much as 12
F. These higher temperatures lead to a host of other problems, including increased energy
consumption and a greater incidence of ozone and smog formation. Studies have shown that reducing
ambient temperatures by as little as one half degree can reduce smog by 5%.
Energy Star certified metal roofs help mitigate this phenomenon by reflecting a high percentage of the
sun’s energy back into the atmosphere, reducing heat buildup. So not only can you lower your own
utility bills, you can do your part to ensure a healthy environment in your own community.
Because metal roofs are so durable and last such a long time, they rarely need to be replaced,
reducing material consumption. On average, an asphalt shingle roof will have to be replaced three or
more times over the life of a typical metal roof.
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