When you’re shopping around for a new roof, it’s absolutely essential to factor energy efficiency into your decision-making process. After all, a roof covers your whole home– which means that it has a major impact on your home’s energy usage– and your energy bills!
Metal roofs are quite simply one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials on the market. The experts here at Metal Roof Pros have compiled a list of 7 great reasons why metal roofs are the most energy-efficient roofing option available to you.
By its very nature, metal is a reflective material. When it comes to roofing, reflectivity means that the roof bounces light and heat from the sun away from your home– preventing that heat from being absorbed into the roof, and into the home.
This reflectivity can make a big difference in your home’s energy consumption, which can mean a major decrease in your monthly energy bills.
2. Heat release
You might not have heard the term “thermal emissivity” before, but trust us– it’s very important when deciding on a new roof. Thermal emissivity just means heat release– in other words, the amount of heat that the roof releases, and how quickly.
Metal roofs have a high rate of heat release, which means that when they’re not being exposed to direct light, it doesn’t take them long to release heat and cool down quickly.
A metal roof that releases heat quickly reduces the amount of heat that is retained within your home.
When measuring different types of insulation, we use a unit of measurement called “R-value”. R-value just calculates a material’s ability to retain or release heat.
Metal has a high R-value– which means they function as great insulation. They keep heat away during the summer, and help retain heat from within during the cooler months.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certain guidelines when it comes to energy efficiency. Metal roofs are certified to meet these guidelines– which, in our book, is pretty good proof that they’re energy efficient!
5. Going green
Because metal roofs require you to use less energy to heat or cool your home, they are by their very nature more environmentally friendly.
In addition to requiring less carbon emissions, metal is an environmentally friendly material– it can easily be recycled, which means that when a metal roof finally reaches the end of its long lifespan, the material can be recycled.
A metal roof can last decades longer than a traditional shingle roof. This longer lifespan means that you won’t need to replace your roof nearly as often. Less roof replacements means less energy usage and less materials manufactured– which reduces your environmental impact.
A shingle roof often needs a lot of maintenance, especially if you have to deal with storms in your area. On the other hand, metal roofs can withstand severe weather conditions without requiring maintenance. Less maintenance means less need for materials and labor, which ultimately means– you guessed it– increased energy efficiency.
Ultimately, metal roofs are miles ahead of traditional shingle roofs when it comes to energy efficiency. They require a minimum of energy usage during their lifespan and can be recycled when they reach the end of that lifespan.
If you’re looking to reduce your energy bills and be a little bit kinder to the earth, a metal roof is definitely the way to go.
Ready to make the investment, or got some questions first? Give us a call today– the experts here at Metal Roof Pros are here to help.