Saturday, April 11, 2015

Earth Day Tips for Homeowners: Reduce, Recycle, Re-Roof

Sure, everyone knows about energy efficient appliances and curbside recycling.  What many homeowners don't know is that the roof over their head can make a big difference to the environment.

Many consumers are shocked to learn that asphalt shingle roofs are a petroleum product, with a big environmental impact.  Not only are asphalt shingles adding to dependency on fossil fuels, they need to be replaced every 15-20 years, and there is no good way to dispose of them – landfills are full of asphalt shingles.


Eco-friendly products, including metal roofs, are rapidly replacing petroleum-based asphalt shingles.   In fact, the number of people who have installed a metal roof has tripled over the past ten years.



An old car, dishwasher or refrigerator can be recycled to re-roof a home.  All steel roofs contain a minimum of 25% recycled content, and many have a much higher percentage. At the end of its useful life, metal roofing is 100 percent recyclable. In addition, many metal roofs now feature Energy Star ratings that qualify for tax credits.



"According to the EPA, approximately 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste is generated and disposed of in the United States each year," states Bill Hippard, Executive Director of the not-for-profit Metal Roofing Alliance.  "California alone generates 1.5 million tons of shingle waste each year."

Most people never think about their roof until there is a problem with it.  Planning ahead is the key to making wise home choices.  Eco-friendly metal roofs are available in a wide range of colors and styles, and feature long term warranties.   Photovoltaic Systems and Solar Panels can easily be integrated into metal roof systems, making them an even better choice.  Metal roofs can also allow consumers to harvest rainwater for reuse.

For more information about environmentally-friendly roofing options, visit
www.metalroofing.com.



A Dream Weekend Retreat with a Metal Roof

Many homeowners dream about building a weekend retreat.  However, being away from the house during the week can create concerns about maintenance and upkeep.  Therefore, the design choices for a getaway home need to support its status as a part-time residence.

Mother Earth News featured a story of how one couple turned their dream into a reality after eight years of hard work.   One easy choice they made was the roofing system - they knew a metal roof was long-lasting and low-maintenance, so it was an investment grade choice.


Read the whole story, "Hard Work Turns Historic Property Into Weekend Haven" here at Mother Earth News.



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Why Add Solar Panels to Your Roof?

Metal roofs are the perfect base for adding solar panels to your home.  Remodelista explores the subject in a great article called "Remodeling 101 Solar Panel Primer".

You can read the entire story here at Remodelista.

Learn more about eco-friendly metal roofing here.

Monday, April 6, 2015

How to Handle a Leaking Roof: Expert Q&A

A leaking roof is one of a homeowner's biggest worries.  What does the leak mean?   Is a new roof inevitable?  How can you prevent future roof problems?



Bill Hippard, Executive Director of the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance answers some common question about roofing leaks:


What is considered a severe roof leak compared to a minor leak?

Any roof leak should be considered serious.  Whether you have a hole in the roof that allows the elements into the attic, or just some slight ceiling stains inside the home, water getting into the house is a repair that needs to be addressed immediately. The sooner the problem is discovered and repaired, the less damage will be done.  Putting off any type of roof repair, especially where leaking is the issue, will only cost the homeowner more money in the end.


What many homeowners don’t realize is that water travels through a process called “wicking,” which means that the water travels before it settles into one area.  Finding the leak can be the most challenging part of the roof repair.  Even if a homeowner is replacing the roof, it is still important to know where the leak is coming from. 

Why should you replace you roof if you have major problems with shingles (what would happen if you don’t do it?)

Not addressing a major roof problem will lead to more damage to your home.  If your roof is leaking and you ignore the problem, the entire roof structure as well as the framing system can become compromised. If the ceilings become stained because of a leak, they will need to be repaired.  If the leak continue the insulation will also have to be replaced.  Big leak, or small drip, water in the attic is not something that can be ignored.


Why should a homeowner choose a metal roof?

Most homeowners report they choose a metal roof because of its extreme durability.  Resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding, metal is a virtually maintenance-free roofing material that lasts.   In addition, metal roofing systems can withstand extreme weather conditions including heavy snow loads, hail storms and wildfires. In fact, because they are so durable, residential metal roofs usually have long-term warranties, often up to 50 years. 

Residential metal roofs are available in a wide variety of designs, textures, styles and colors to complement any type of architecture.  For example, metal roofing is available in traditional vertical seam profiles or can be manufactured to resemble wood shake, slate, shingles or clay tiles. 



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snow's Impact on Your Roof

Can your roof handle heavy snow loads?  Especially in hard-hit areas such as Boston, there are numerous reports of snow causing roof collapse.  Here's an informative graphic from FEMA to explain how snow can impact your roof:


A metal roof easily sheds snow, making it  the perfect solution in areas with significant annual snowfall.

To learn more about installing an energy-efficient, snow-smart metal roof, visit the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5 Most Common Roofing Problems

Angie's List has a great infographic that shows the most common roofing problems.  You can find the infographic here on Angie's List, along with more information on metal roofing.

To see a variety of styles of metal roofs, and see how your roof could look with a long-lasting metal roof, visit the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

How Do Metal Roofs Look in a Neighborhood?

Wondering if a metal roof is right for your home?  Here's a birds-eye view of a metal roof by new MRA member Drexel Metals.  As you can see, durable metal roofs work great in a neighborhood.




For more information on long-lasting metal roofs, or to see how your house could look with a new metal roof, visit the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance.