When choosing a roofing type, many people focus on how the roof they choose will affect their own lives. They consider factors like how the roof coordinates with their home's style, how long the roof will last, and the cost. But a roofing choice does not just affect you and your family. It also affects the environment. If you'd like your roofing choice to have the least environmental impact possible, metal roofing is a great option. Here's why.
Most metal roofs are made from recycled materials.
While many other roofing materials must be made entirely from scratch, metal roofing is typically made with a high percentage of recycled metal. If it were not used to make metal roofs, this metal would likely be rusting away in a landfill, contributing to pollution of the soil and groundwater. Plus, by choosing metal, you're eliminating the production of another type of roof, which essentially reduces the pollution generated by this process.
Metal roofs can be recycled when you're finished.
When your metal roof is no longer protecting your home, you can send it off to be recycled again. It won't sit in a landfill like other types of roofing often do. By recycling your metal roof, you're reducing the amount of new metal that needs to be mined.
Metal roofs last a really long time.
Each time you need to replace your roof, whether it be with metal or any other material, there is some environmental cost. Between the gas used by the roofing contractor to drive to your home, the nails and felt that must be produced for the roofing process, and the larger scale roofing materials that must be made, any roof replacement is environmentally costly. With metal roofing, you'll need fewer roof replacements overall, since the typical metal roof lasts up to 80 years (compared to 20 years for shingles or 30 years or wooden shakes). This reduces the overall impact and cost.
Metal roofs don't require a lot of coatings or treatments.
Some metal roofs may need to be painted periodically to prevent corrosion or rusting. But they're not an appealing place for algae or moss to grow, so they don't need to be treated with herbicides like shingle or wood roofs may. They don't need to be water-sealed like wooden roofs, either. Since sealants and herbicides are not great for the environment, metal roofing's lack of need for these products makes it a friendlier choice for the earth.
In addition to being good for the earth, metal roofing can be made in a wide array of styles, is generally affordable, and does an excellent job of preventing leaks. Speak with a roofing contractor, such as those at Luecke's Roofing LLC, to learn more.