These days, concern for the environment is on many people’s minds. You may be aware of the rise of eco-friendly appliances designed for minimal pollution and waste. One thing you may not be aware of is your choice of roofing materials for minimal environmental impact. Metal roofing is a great alternative for people who are concerned about sustainability. Many environmental changes are out of our hands but choosing the type of roof for your home is one thing within your control.
Here are a few of the environmental benefits of metal shingles in comparison to other materials:
Great Energy Efficiency
With the intense heat and humidity, keeping the inside of your house cool and comfortable is a must for South Florida homeowners. Metal roofing allows you can reduce your air conditioning fees by roughly 20%. This is because metal roofs have reflective properties that reduce the impact of the intense heat from the sun. In fact, neighborhoods with metal roofs can decrease urban island effects for the whole area, and reduce the need for peak demand in cooling by about 15%.
Durable and Long-Lasting
Other types of roofing shingles require replacing every few years or need some repair after storms (which are a common occurrence in Florida). Metal roofs, however, have a lifelong guarantee. They have been known to last up to 50 years – long enough to pay off your mortgage – and are able to withstand harsh winds, heavy rains, and other inclement weather. This is good news for Florida residents who are always facing one hurricane or another. This means fewer repairs or replacement of loose parts.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Metal roofing is made from recycled material. Even better? It can be recycled again! That means reducing the number of resources to make new metal roofing, which means less garbage going into landfills. By contrast, roughly 11 million tons of asphalt roof shingles are thrown away ever year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Investing in metal roofing now will not only cut your heating and cooling costs but help reduce your carbon footprint – not to mention give you peace of mind knowing that you’re helping to make the world better for generations to come.
Greener Homes Have Increased Public Interest
Because more people are concerned about their environmental impact, any sustainable features of your home will be a hot ticket in the real estate market. Should you ever decide to sell your home, the value can increase up to 6% with a sustainable metal roof. The addition of other energy-efficient appliances, such as lighting, will also help your home stand out. A survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that greener homes are 94% more likely to be recommended to potential buyers. Additionally, 90% of homebuyers are more interested in homes with high Energy Star ratings. Therefore, metal roofing is a win-win for more than just yourself!
Metal Roofing In South Florida
At ABC Roofing Corp, we know how to repair, replace, and maintain commercial and residential roofs. Our family-owned business has over thirty years of experience serving the residents of South Florida. Whether your needs are big or small, we can help. To learn more about the types of roofing materials we offer and get a quote, call 954-344-4622. We can’t wait to work with you.