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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.


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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.


5 Reasons Why to Choose a Metal Roof

Kathleen Finn

Mulling over a metal roof? Here are a few reasons why a metal roof might work for you:

1. Longevity: A metal roof never needs replacing as they last 40-70 years compared to 12-20 years for traditional roof materials. The roof won’t dry out, split, curl, peel or flake. Metal roofs have been used for centuries, for good reason.

2. Superior Protection: A metal roof keeps your home protected against the elements – fire, wind, water and snow are no match for this roof.

3. Sustainable: Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which reduces heating/cooling costs by 10-25%. You can integrate solar panels under the metal roof surface to achieve further savings. Metal roofs alone can earn up to 25 USGBC LEED credits because metal roofs have coatings that prevent 75-80% of the sun’s energy from being absorbed into the roof. This can reduce roof surface temperatures by 60-70 degrees. At the end of a metal roof’s life, the material is 100% recyclable.

4. Easy installation: Metal roofs can be installed right on top of your existing roof material, thus avoiding all the mess and cost of stripping off an old roof.

5. Light: Metal roofs weigh less than 1/3 that of asphalt and add less than 10% to the weight of existing roof materials.

Give us a call at 206-248-3737 or email us to talk about roof choices. We offer free consultations.