Are Metal Roofs Energy Efficient?

Are Metal Roofs Energy Efficient?

Keep this in mind – your roof is the part of your house that gets the most direct sunlight, if it isn’t shaded. If you want to cut down utility costs, it’s critical to have one that’s energy efficient.

When people are choosing a new roof, the main concern is how it looks. Of course that’s important. But don’t you want one that can save you money, too?

Metal roofs can do that. We’ll explain.

Are you okay with paying a bit more upfront, if you knew you’d be saving tons in the long run?

Here’s the truth: metal roofs have a high upfront cost, higher than traditional asphalt. Looking past that though, you are buying something with far lasting value. A metal roof lasts anywhere between 40-70 years. In comparison, an asphalt shingle roof lasts about 20 years. Metal roofs are also low maintenance, which factors into upfront costs.

Now, about those bills. The Metal Roofing Alliance reports a home with a metal roof can save up to 40% on their summer cooling energy costs. See, a metal roof can be coated to make it reflective. What that means is it’ll reflect sunlight, rather than emit it as heat into your attic.

High energy efficiency rating for this home

(note: several metal roofing materials, such as steel, come pre-coated. When buying, you can choose between different coatings, as each one has different reflective properties. Make sure you inquire about the “emissivity” of it – i.e., how it will contribute to energy efficiency).

Metal roofs are also eco-friendly. Not only are they comprised of 30 to 60 percent recycled materials, but they can be recycled once you’re through using them (asphalt shingles are just now becoming more recyclable).

And, since looks are important, they do give you some options. Metal roofing can come in panel or shingle form, as well as different colors. For overall aesthetic, they go well with most styles of modern or rustic architecture.

Remember, though, that when you are choosing a more energy efficient roof, you have to pay attention to the whole assembly. That means the decking, insulation, etc. You will want an experienced roofer to make sure the whole system insulates well.

Pacific West Roofing uses the most eco-friendly and long-lasting materials for installing new roofs. We are backed by CertainTeed’s highest honor contractor warranty program. Start the conversation on how to make your roof, and your home, as energy efficient as possible.

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