BELFAIR, Wash., April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Searching for ideas to make your home greener, with a smaller eco-impact? This Earth Day, start by looking up – the roof over your head can make a big difference to the environment.
Most people never think about their roof until there is a problem. Planning ahead is key for making eco-friendly home choices. Consider these Earth Day roofing facts:
- Did you know - asphalt shingles are petroleum-based, with a huge environmental impact? Asphalt shingles increase dependency on fossil fuels, must be replaced every 15-20 years, and there's no good way to dispose of them – landfills are full of asphalt shingles.
- Eco-friendly products, including metal roofs, are rapidly replacing petroleum-based shingles. McGraw-Hill Construction and Analytics'® survey showed metal roofing now comprises 11% of the residential re-roofing market, more than doubling in just ten years. Visit Metal Roofing Alliance: www.metalroofing.com.
- Highly reflective "cool" colored metal roofs look just like traditional roofs, provide year-round relief from high energy costs, and are sustainable products.
- Roofing tax credits are available. Homeowners who make energy efficient updates to their home-including the installation of a painted or coated Energy Star® labeled metal roof by December 31, 2010- may be eligible for a tax credit worth 30 percent of the material costs up to $1,500 per home.
- Installing a metal roof reduces a home's energy needs. Tests conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) prove that a cool metal roof can save a homeowner up to 25% in cooling costs compared to a dark-gray asphalt shingle.
- ORNL's field tests have also shown the combination of venting and increased reflectance can reduce heat penetrating the roof deck by about 45 percent for stone-coated metal roofs compared to an asphalt shingle roof in certain climates. Ongoing research with standing-seam cool-colored metal roofs is showing similar results.
- Metal roofing provides a market for recycled materials. An old car, dishwasher or refrigerator can be recycled to re-roof a home. All steel roofs contain a minimum of 25% recycled content - many have a much higher percentage. At the end of its useful life, metal roofing is 100 percent recyclable.
- Photovoltaic Systems and Solar Panels can be integrated into metal roof systems, making them an even better choice. Metal roofs can also allow consumers to harvest rainwater for reuse.
SOURCE Metal Roofing Alliance