With our current economy, many people are concerned on just about how to save money. Even in home renovations, homeowners are seeking out energy-saving building materials. Products that not only secure and improve structures, but also provide long term cost cutting on energy bills are high in demand. These materials do not only save money, but also promote environmental and economic sustainability in the greater community. With environmental issues like global warming, people are also looking for “cool metal roofing”, which offers solid and attractive roofing solutions in multiple colors, textures, and profiles, with an added bonus of energy-saving benefits.
Installation of reflective metal roofing can save your home up to 40 percent in summer cooling energy costs. On the other hand, highly emissive metal roofs can reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. These benefits mean less money out of your wallet, less dependence on energy resources and less general air pollution in your neighborhood and across the nation.
The secret to the energy-saving benefits of modern metal roofing materials lies in the variety of finishing materials used on the metal roof sheets. The plain, unpainted metal roof will reflect much of the solar radiation that is normally absorbed by traditional asphalt roofing materials. Pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems are not only designed to reflect solar energy, but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed. A metal roof finished with highly reflective and highly emissive paint or granular-coated sheets is designed helps reduce the energy spent in maintaining comfortable room temperatures as it re-emits up to 90 percent of the absorbed solar radiation.
Most metal roofing is composed of recycled material and can be installed directly onto an existing asphalt roof, reducing landfill waste and promoting quick installation as well as decades of environmentally sound, maintenance free strength and beauty.