More homeowners than ever are looking for green roofing options. There are many elements that contribute to your roof’s energy efficiency, materials and manufacturing process that make it more or less green. If you’re looking for a traditional roofing material that is more environmentally friendly than asphalt roofing, your two best options are tile and metal roofing. In this two-part blog series, we’re going to look at metal and tile roofs and how green they are to help you choose the one you feel is best for your home. We’ll start with metal this week and then cover tile in next week’s blog.
For many homeowners this is the most important element. We often equate energy efficiency to being greener because we use fewer fossil fuels to heat and cool our homes with energy efficient roofing. Metal roofing can be very energy efficient. When you choose a painted metal roof with high solar reflectivity, you can reduce your energy needs by up to 40% over asphalt shingles. And on a relatively mild (by Florida standards) day, you may find you don’t need to run your air conditioner at all because metal roofing will keep your home cooler.
Recycled and Recyclable
Most metal roofs are made from recycled aluminum. That means you’re not impacting the environment much when you choose metal for your roof. The most impact your metal roof has on the environment is the paint used, which often contains polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), simply put, it contains some plastic. No matter what the finish on your metal roof, you can recycle it at the end of its life making it the most environmentally friendly roofing material on the market today.
Most homeowners know that asphalt shingles last the shortest of all roofing materials. With the wind, hail and extreme weather we get in Tampa Bay, some asphalt roofs last only until the next big storm. On the other side of the spectrum, metal has great durability in our weather and naturally lasts longer. Even high winds don’t do much to a properly installed metal roof. When you choose metal roofing for your home, barring any unforeseen issues, you can expect your new roof to last 50 years or more. Some manufacturers even provide a manufacturer’s warranty for 30 – 50 years!
Suncoast Roofing Solutions installs quality metal roofing as recommended by Florida building codes. That means the next wind event shouldn’t impact your new roof. You’ll save money, especially on cooling costs, and you can take comfort in the fact that the roof can be recycled at the end of its life, likely long after you no longer own the home. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly roof, call Suncoast Roofing Solutions and learn about the metal roofing options we have – (813) 283-2544.