When it comes to doing your part to decrease your carbon footprint, there are a lot of things that you could be doing that won’t take you beyond your own backyard. In fact, all you have to do is look up. That’s right. I’m talking about your roof.
Now, I know you’re tempted to stop reading. New roofs are expensive, for starters. And maybe it’s not time to replace your shingles yet. But whether or not you’re due for new shingles on your roof or not is a moot point. Because I’m suggesting you ditch shingles all together. One of the best things you can do to make your home more eco-friendly is to make the switch to a metal roof.
A metal roof is a long term investment. Most warranties go as high as 50 years. And as metal is fire resistant, and immune to insects and rot, safety ratings skyrocket while your maintenance cost are minimal.
The metal reflects the sun, which minimizes the unwelcome heat that normally gets trapped in your house around midday. A metal roof will keep your home cooler in the summer, and your energy bill way down.
Unlike shingles, which cannot be recycled, metal roofs are 100% recyclable.
No matter what look you’re going for, a metal roof can capture it. Anything from farmhouse chic to modern contemporary is fair game. So not only can your home be environmentally savvy, it can also become the talk of your neighborhood.
Cost. Honestly, this is the only major drawback. The material itself is just more expensive than it’s other counterparts. However, as I said above, the cost will be absorbed over time due to the long-term durability; a metal roof doesn’t need nearly the amount of maintenance as shingles do. So if you’re looking to invest long-term in your home, the initial cost may be worth it in the long run.
So whether you're looking to decrease your environmental impact, or increase your home’s value, a metal roof should definitely be one of your top contenders.