How Does Your Roof Impact the Environment?

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Earth Day is a great time to think about making eco-friendly choices for your family. One of those choices can be your roof. And, the decision you make can have a big impact on the environment.

According to industry data, roughly 7 million U.S. homeowners replace their roof each year and many are looking for new ‘green’, energy-saving options.

Traditional asphalt shingles are a petroleum product and require replacement every 15-20 years (or sooner), resulting in about 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles ending up in U.S. landfills every year according to the EPA.  Asphalt shingles also increase dependency on fossil fuels.

Metal roofs are considered a sustainable option because they are made of at least 25 percent recycled materials and are 100 percent recyclable. Old refrigerators, dishwashers, automobiles, and even aluminum cans can be recycled into a high quality metal roof – with long term warranties, often 50 years or more.

As Earth Day 2017 approaches, here are a few things to know about eco-friendly metal roofs:

  1. Modern metal roofs have rust-proof coatings and are available in a wide range of styles to fit any neighborhood.  Many resemble traditional roofing materials such as tile or shake with the added benefit of sustainability.

  2. Steel products can be recycled repeatedly without loss of strength. When you buy steel, you’re always buying recycled.

  3. For homeowners looking to be aggressive with green living initiatives, metal roofs serve as an excellent platform for photovoltaic systems, solar panels, or harvesting rainwater for reuse/irrigation.

  4. A metal roof has the ability to reduce both cooling and heating energy use, saving homeowners up to 25% in utility bills.

  5. Metal roofs are significantly lighter than other roofing products. A metal roof can often be installed directly over asphalt shingles, reducing landfill waste.  

To learn more about quality metal roofing, visit the nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance at


All Hail the Metal Roof

Homeowners looking for eco-friendly solutions have discovered that metal roofs can protect homes from many extreme weather events while reducing their carbon footprint.  For example, hailstorms can result in widespread damage to homes.  In a major hailstorm, the roof literally takes a beating.  Hail can break, split and cause tear-off damage to traditional roofing materials, resulting in big repair or replacement costs.

Most of the damage to a traditional roof in a hailstorm is caused by water damage to the contents of the house when shingles are fractured. Once a roof has a crack, water can stream into the home, damaging the structure and its contents.  Water damage can lead to mold and serious repair bills.

Metal roofs are naturally very tough and highly resistant to hail damage. Hail will not penetrate a metal roof. Even a new asphalt shingle roof won’t protect a home from the next hail storm. In fact, many metal roofing products have the highest impact resistance and hail rating granted by Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL), a leading product safety testing and certification organization.

The majority of metal roofing earns a UL2218 Class 4 rating, meaning that a sample of the product did not crack when hit twice in the same spot by a 2-inch steel ball, which, in a storm, would translate into a huge hailstone.

As a result of metal roofing’s superior performance in hail prone areas, some insurance companies even provide a reduced rate for homes protected by metal roofs.

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Durable Metal Roofs Grow in Popularity for Homes

The International Roofing Expo will be held March 1-3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada and will feature all the latest trends and new products for the roofing market.  The fastest growing innovation in the home remodeling market is the introduction of consumer-friendly metal roofing products.  Once relegated to commercial projects, a new generation of eco-friendly, durable metal roofing products have grown in popularity with homeowners.  

According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (, the residential metal roofing market has more than tripled in recent years, growing from 3% market share in 1998 to over 11% in 2016 with more growth expected.

Why the interest in metal roofing for homes?  According to a recent independent study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, the top reasons homeowners choose a metal roof include:  longevity (26%), strength/protection (22%), attractiveness (15%) and good investment/adds value (15%).   

Unlike most other home improvement purchases, a quality metal roof will last decades, providing homeowners with investment grade performance.  In addition, many residential metal roofs now utilize reflective pigment technology, which results in overall home energy efficiency, and lower utility bills.

“The roof is the biggest design element on a home, and metal roofs offer a huge palette of color choices and styles, allowing consumers to choose a truly unique look for their home,” explains MRA Executive Director Renee Ramey. “Even in areas where roofing styles are mandated, homeowners can choose a long-lasting metal roof that has the same visual appearance as less eco-friendly choices, such as asphalt shingles, but with the added benefits that only metal roofing can provide…durability, low maintenance and even energy savings in certain climates.”

For more information on metal roofs, visit the nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance website at