Recycled and Recyclable Roofing Materials

Many people opt for the cheapest type of roofing material without realizing the impact on our environment. However, if you happen to be looking for an eco-friendly roofing material, there are a number of options.

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From planting a green roof to shingles made from recycled materials, there are so many ways that home and business owners can pick a roof covering that will look good, last a long time, and benefit our surroundings…all at the same time.

One of our favorite roofing materials that fits the bill for all the above-mentioned benefits is recyclable metal roofing. Here is more info on this material:

Standing-seam Metal Roofs

This roof is long lasting, reflects light, and is 100% recyclable. Metal roofs are not only advantageous to green homeowners, but also anyone looking forward to investing in a good roof. You can make it better by selecting a metal roof manufactured from recycled materials and of lighter color. Metal roofs are long-lasting with a span of 50 years. The roof is also fire-resistant. It is an ideal roof for those who want to harvest rainwater for use in the garden. The roof is quite advantageous for those in snowy areas since it allows snow slide off hence inhibiting the formation of ice dams.

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The phrase “closing the recycling loop” is what metal roofing is all about. The aluminum used to manufacture metal roofs can be up to 95% recycled in content.

Many states are adopting mandatory policies for new construction as far as utilizing energy-efficient and earth-friendly materials. Some offer incentives to encourage the use of energy saving and recyclable products such as metal roofs and siding.

One program that recognizes building contractors and architects for their efforts to be more environmentally friendly is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). This includes adopting standards set up by the U.S. Green Building Council, and metal roofs are integrated into the agenda because they meet so many of the requirements.

Benefits of a Metal Roof

This video is a reminder of how to think “green”:

Metal roofing in Denver is becoming more popular. Asphalt, concrete, and cedar shake shingles are still the most popular roofing material along the front range, but residential metal roofs are becoming more common because of their durability, fire resistance, and ability to handle weather extremes.

You might relate a metal roof to something you see in a rural setting on a barn or shed, but advances in the metal roofing industry provide a number of different styles that look classy and can even imitate other roofing materials.

Here are some interesting facts about metal roofing made from recycled aluminum cans:

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  • 96 Billion beverage cans are produced in North America each year
  • 58% of those cans will be recycled
  • A Classic roof utilizes 1,815 used beverage cans per 100 square feet
  • The metal we use consists of about 500,000 recycled cans each day – 100 million recycled cans per year
  • 18 out of every 10,000 recycled beverage cans is used in a Classic Metal Roof
  • Power equivalent to 1.3 billion gallons of gasoline is saved each year by recycling aluminum compared to producing virgin metal

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There are some arguments against installing a metal roof, such as that they rust or that they make your building hotter, but most statements have little merit. The coatings used on today’s metal roofs make them rust resistant and the material actually reflects heat and doesn’t absorb it.

Give us a call today and we can discuss how a new recyclable metal roof can be beneficial for your home or business.