“As consumers become more educated about the need for sustainable living, many homeowners and homebuyers are prioritizing eco-friendly living in their home purchases and other home renovations. To meet public outcry for conservation, recyclability, and sustainability, those in the home improvement and construction industries are seeking solid alternatives that will adhere to even the most rigorous standards of eco-friendliness and sustainable living.” Paul Kazlov, ‘Top Environmental Benefits of Metal Roofing’
Many homeowners are interested in reducing their ecological footprint by making choices around the home that have less impact on the environment. Reducing energy consumption, conserving water, using natural products, are some of the areas of interest.
A renovation, such as installing a new roof, is a chance to re-evaluate building materials to achieve ecological benefits.
According to Ecohome.net a resource for sustainable housing, it’s important to choose roofing materials that are weather durable including exposure to UV rays, and recyclable. They do not recommend asphalt shingles for these reasons:
“High-embodied energy, rarely if ever recycled, they deteriorate rapidly with UV rays, emit solvents into the air when exposed to sunlight, and because they are usually dark in colour they contribute to the ‘heat island effect’ of higher temperatures in urban areas. Each year 11 million tons of shingles go to U.S. landfills, which amounts to an estimated 8% of total construction waste.”
On the other hand, they point out that metal roofing generally contains a large component of recycled materials and is 100% recyclable at the end of its long service life.
Metal roofing is the perfect choice for consumers who put a priority on building, or living in, and eco-friendly home. Along with being recyclable, metal roofing provides other advantages.
Interested in reducing your water consumption? Collecting rainwater from your roof for household use or to water your garden is one solution. A metal roof is ideal because you don’t need to worry about chemicals that might leach from an asphalt roof.
Metal roofing can also significantly reduce energy consumption through energy efficiency. A three year study by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Buildings Centre, found that the high reflectivity and emissivity levels of cool metal roofing reduces the urban heat island effect. “Depending on the color of a painted metal roof, the reflectance range can go anywhere from 10% to 75%, which is definitely better than the 5% to 25% range of an asphalt roof.” Metal reflects the majority of the sun’s rays, so it doesn’t retain as much heat as wood, asphalt shingles, tile or cement. This means a metal roof could help your attic stay cooler longer. The bottom line: significantly lower energy bills and a longer lifespan for your cooling equipment.
Architects, designers and homeowners constructing green housing look to metal roofing. And that trend is growing. The National Association of Home Builders reports that 94% of existing green homeowners would recommend a green home to a friend.
All of the steel roofing, siding and backyard products manufactured and distributed by Vicwest are designed to give home and cottage owners more durable and more eco-friendly options than traditional materials. Our metal roofs contain up to 30 per cent recycled material and are 100 per cent recyclable at the end of their service life. And, a metal roof lasts up to 4 times as long as traditional roofing material; meaning that the energy expended in its manufacture, installation, upkeep and renovation is much less than other materials that have to be replaced more frequently.
If you are replacing your roof this year, or building a new home or cottage, consider all the benefits provided by metal roofing, the green option. Visit our website to compare products and find the perfect roof for your eco-friendly home.
Vicwest Building Products is a leading North American manufacturer and distributor of building products such as steel roofing, steel cladding, metal decking, architectural panels, and other quality building systems for residential, commercial, and agricultural structures. Contact us for more information or to find a building supplier or sales office near you