There have been a lot of trends since the turn of the century; new diets, powerful smart phones, and battery-powered cars have changed the way people think and live. Perhaps, though, the most important trend of the Millennial Generation is living “green” lifestyles.
Fears of global warming are primarily causes of the public’s newfound respect for sustainable living. Due to international attention, environmental concerns have convinced the most powerful nations to support clean energy through various grants and research programs.
As a result of these efforts, people not only live more environmentally conscious lifestyles, but they don’t need to break the bank to do so. In fact, there are several green technologies out there that pay off in the long run. Metal roofing is one such technology, and if you install a metal roof your home will not only be an alluring residence, but an advantageous investment.
Metal Roofs are Healthier for the Environment
The “green” benefits of metal roofing are three-fold. First, many metal roofs contain recycled material. As such, this option helps progress the cycle of conservation, and by investing in a metal roof, you’ll also be investing in the recycling industry keep our earth clean.
Second, a metal roof can save thousands in power bills. Although asphalt is a cheaper roofing alternative, metal reflects heat better than asphalt. As a result, metal can keep your house cooler, so your air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard. The effect is less energy consumption. Toxic waste and gases are released during energy production, and by reducing your reliance on energy, you help reduce the amount of waste that enters the environment.
Third, the production of asphalt hurts the environment. Like creating energy, asphalt production releases toxic fumes that can harm both people and the surrounding community.
According a study published by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), an asphalt plant negatively affected the health of 45 percent of nearby residents. The most frequently reported problems included sinus issues, high blood pressure (18 percent of survey participants), shortness of breath (9 percent of participants) and headaches (14 percent).
These health threats result from the toxic emissions that release from the asphalt plant, as well as the conveyor belts and trucks that transport the material. In fact, the CHEJ reports that even small plants generate about 200 million pounds of asphalt yearly. A plant that size would produce approximately 100,000 pounds of toxic emissions. Those fumes threaten the surrounding environment.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of plants do not undergo toxic emissions tests. According to North Carolina state toxicologist, Dr. Luanne Williams, the amount of toxins released could be grossly underestimated due to a lack of in-depth testing.
If you value environmental health and public safety, consider opting for a metal roof instead of one comprising asphalt materials. Metal roofs are one of those few green technologies that can be overwhelmingly profitable in the long run.
Metal Roofing Lowers Power Bills and Increases Home Value
Imagine the day you sell your home. What’s the first thing that potential buyers will see when they drive to your house?
With a metal roof, their eyes will gravitate to the slick, crisp look that you just can’t get with asphalt. Interested, they might ask why a metal roof was installed, in which case their realtor might mention the incredible power savings that come with metal roof designs.
As discussed earlier, metal reflects heat, which can lower power bills. No doubt, this is an attractive benefit for home buyers.
But let’s say you aren’t interested in selling your home. Not only will you save money by reducing the cost of electricity, but you also don’t need to worry about replacing your metal roof for about 60 years. Chances are, your roof will outlive you, so it is one less expense to worry about.
Metal Roofs Are Trending
The economic factors are the principal reasons for why so many architects and construction companies are starting to favor metal as the go-to roofing material. All the while appearance is another plus, and the aesthetics of a metal roof are far more appealing than asphalt.
Paul Kazlov is a “green” home modeling enthusiast that understands the importance of going green. Paul writes for the Global Home Improvement Blog and strives to educate people about “green” products such as metal roofing and solar.