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Earth Day: 5 Ways to Make your Roof Eco-Friendly

From the Rooftop Blog

Metropolitan Roof's From The Rooftop Blog keeps you up to speed on how to choose and maintain the best roof for your home or business.


Earth Day: 5 Ways to Make your Roof Eco-Friendly

Kathleen Finn

Building a green home? Looking to conserve energy as Earth Day rounds the bend? Either way, there are choices you can make when building and maintaining a new roof that can significantly affect your home’s energy output for the long term.

First, consider your roofing material choices.

1. Recycled material content: Shop for shingles that are made with post-consumer content such as plastic, rubber or wood fiber.

2. Longevity: How long will your roof last? Metal roofs last up to 50 years, cedar shake roofs range from 30-50 years, while composition roofs can last 12-15 .

3. Reusability: Metal roofs, once disassembled, are completely recyclable. cedar shakes can also be recycled. Depending on your choice of composition shingles, they can be recycled to a degree.

Read more about the advantages of each roof on our From the Rooftop Blog.

4. Solar Panels: A big investment that creates your own energy, solar panels can be easily affixed to standing seam metal roofs.

5. Roof Color: Choose white or light-colored roofs to reduce heat gain.

Contact us to find out more ways to conserve and manage energy via your roof. Speak directly to a roofing specialist at Metropolitan Roofing.