Eco-Friendly Roofing Materials – Metal & Solar Panels

Today’s homeowners are more aware than ever of the how their choices affect the environment, and this applies to roofing materials as well. Lower your carbon footprint with metal roofing or solar panels – or a combination of the two!

Caring for the environment is an increasingly hot topic, and we are realizing more than ever how vital it is to combat climate change. Sustainable roofing is key to providing energy efficiency, lowering your carbon footprint, and preserving environmental balance. Eco-friendly roofing options are important to homeowners and businesses alike, and consumers are increasingly looking for green solutions.

Solar panels and metal roofs are two popular choices for customers looking for efficient, high-performing options that meet environmental standards.

Solar Panels

Solar panels have become more popular due to their environmental impact and overall efficiency. With a natural energy source, solar panels produce zero emissions and reduce the potential for global warming. They protect the environment, open spaces, and communities with clean, renewable energy.

Solar panels can generate energy for 25-35 years for a residential home, saving thousands of dollars over their lifetime. They also may increase a home’s value because real estate buyers are likely to take interest in the prospect of low electricity costs.

While solar panels can be used as the primary roofing material, this is an expensive choice. The best solution is to use another material underneath for solar panel mounting, usually a metal roof.

• Solar panels are heavy, and since metal is much lighter than many other materials, combining the two is ideal for preserving roof structure.
• Metal allows solar panels to be attached without hardware puncturing and creating leaks.
• Metal has longevity and will outlive solar panels. Because of this, you won’t have to replace the roof underneath the panels.

Metal Roofs

What makes metal roofs so sustainable and eco-friendly?

Metal roofs are energy efficient because they reflect the sun and retain less heat than other roofing options, keeping 95% reflectivity over its lifespan.

These roofs consist of a minimum of 25% recycled materials. Plus, at the end of its life, a metal roof can be completely recycled rather than end up in a landfill. Longevity is on metal’s side, allowing roofs to last 60+ years. In comparison, asphalt shingles usually only last 12-20 years before needing a replacement.

Metal is durable and can endure heavy weather better than many other materials. Homes with metal roofs require less repairs and replacements, and with about half the weight of asphalt shingles, metal allows the house’s general structure to need less materials.

Should I Invest in an Eco-Friendly Roof?

While the initial installation costs of most sustainable roofs tend to be on the higher end, these materials provide long-term savings and benefits that increase the longer you reside in your home. Alongside saving you money, metal roofs and solar panels have the potential to increase your home value for resale.

Discuss with your contractor what the best solution is for you and how you can make a positive impact on the environment and the quality of your home.

Looking to get a roof replacement? Check out our roof calculator for an estimate or contact us today to go over your options and get a free quote! Call us at 937-240-2206.

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