4 Eco-Friendly Reasons to Choose Metal Roofing Over Asphalt

You may have heard that one reason metal roofs are better is that they’re recyclable. But you may also know that asphalt roofing can be recycled and wonder why recycling asphalt shingles isn’t as good as recycling metal.

Here are four reasons recycling a metal roof is better than recycling an asphalt roof.

1. Made of Recycled Materials

Typically you won’t find an asphalt roof that’s both recyclable and made of a high percentage of recycled materials. Eco-friendly consumers often look for a product that has recycling on both ends of its lifespan, which is called closing the loop.

Because most metal roofing is made with recycled materials anyway, metal roofs close the loop much more easily than asphalt ones. In fact, much metal roofing is made with at least 25% and up to 95% recycled content. This percentage provides the roofing with an automatic eco-friendliness boost because less virgin material is required to manufacture the roof.

2. Can Be Recycled Indefinitely

Like paper, asphalt roofing can’t be recycled forever. In fact, asphalt roofs aren’t likely to be recycled back into asphalt roofs. Instead they’re typically used in making new roads. The industry then needs to source more virgin asphalt materials to make new roofs with.

Metal roofing, on the other hand, could be recycled back into roofing materials over and over. This may be one reason why it’s so easy to find metal roofing with high recycled content.

3. Lasts Longer Before It Needs Recycling

Even if both roofs are going to be recycled, a metal roof is more eco-friendly than a comparable asphalt roof because it will likely last longer before needing to be replaced. Recycling takes energy, water, and other resources. The recycling and remanufacturing process also typically produces pollutants, such as the greenhouse gases caused by creating electricity.

And once the material has been recycled into a new product, more energy and fossil fuels will be required to ship it to its final destination. So even if both asphalt and metal can be recycled, recycling them as infrequently as possible by extending their lifespans is the best bet for saving energy.

Metal roofs have a clear advantage here, since they tend to last much longer than asphalt roofs. A top-of-the-line asphalt roof may now be marketed to last 50 years, but 50 years is the low end of the lifespan for some types of metal roofing. And other types of metal roofing, such as zinc and copper, could last for a century or more (if you want the absolute high end).

4. Saves Energy and Emissions During Its Lifetime

It’s not just the manufacturing and end-of-life impact you have to look at, though. Your roof can actually increase or reduce the amount of greenhouse gases your home produced throughout the roof’s lifespan. That’s because a darker, heat-retentive roof (such as an asphalt roof) will help pull heat into your home rather than reflecting it away.

Typically, in a moderate or warm climate, more heat gain is undesirable for the majority of the year. Unwanted heat gain means you use more energy, running your AC longer. A more reflective metal roof can help you reduce the amount of heat pulled into your home in spring and summer, meaning you don’t use as much energy overall throughout the warmer months.

These four reasons demonstrate how if you’re looking for an eco-friendly roof, the recycled metal options are better than the recycled asphalt shingle options.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly roofing option or if you want to discuss which type of roofing might be best for your home, get in touch with Cloise & Mike Construction, Inc. We offer a variety of roofing types for installation, including metal roofing, composition shingles, and PVC roofing.

4 Ways a New Roof Increases the Value of Your Home

From replacing worn carpet to repainting the siding to updating the landscaping, an endless list of tasks can improve your home’s value. Of course, certain tasks will increase the value of your home dramatically. Considering it not only provides you and your family with shelter but also completes the overall look of your home, a new roof can be a wise investment.

This guide and your contractor will help you learn how a new roof will increase the total value of your home.

1. Enhances Curb Appeal

Defined as the general attractiveness of a house, curb appeal is the first impression others have of your home. If others view your home as distressed or unappealing, it will not be as valuable.

To make a great first impression, focus on a few areas of your home. Although the landscaping is important, the exterior siding, windows, and doors also make up a large portion of the home’s curb appeal. The roof is also essential to your home’s curb appeal as it is one of the biggest things a viewer will see, and defects will be all but impossible to hide.

If you want homebuyers to get a good first impression of your home, a well-maintained roof is essential. If your roof is older, you may need to replace it — especially if your roof is 15 years of age or older, since this is about the time most roofing materials will start experiencing distress and decay.

2. Increases Resale Value

Friends, family, and passerby are not the only ones who will notice the home’s curb appeal. If you plan to sell your home in the near future, potential buyers will be more attracted to a home with a new roof that is appealing and in good condition. Therefore, a new roof can increase the resale value of your home.

On average, a new roof can offer you a return on your investment of between 67 and 68 percent. This ensures the investment will be worthwhile because you will be able to sell your home for a higher price.

Plus, you may be able to sell it faster, since buyers will be more interested in buying your home with a new roof over other similar homes that may require a roof repair.

3. Adds a Warranty

A new roof may mean a new warranty, which will also help increase the value of your home. The amount of protection and total time your roof will be covered will depend on a few factors, including the specific roofing material and its manufacturer.

In many cases, a shingle or manufacturer warranty will cover the roof for between 20 and 50 years. However, make sure you understand the warranty completely since the coverage may only include issues with the actual roofing materials.

By replacing your roof and receiving a new warranty, you will have some financial protection and peace of mind if issues do arise. Also, if you do decide to sell your home, potential buyers will be willing to pay more for a home with a warranty on the roof.

4. Conserves Energy

A new roof can also help improve your home’s energy efficiency, making your home more appealing and valuable. When designing your new roof, choose light-colored roofing materials to create a cool roof.

The lighter colors of a cool roof will reflect more than half of the sun’s heat rays. The more heat reflected, the less heat the roof will absorb. This helps your roof and your home stay cooler in the warmer seasons, reducing energy usage for air conditioning.

A metal roof may also be something to consider even though most people believe metal gets too hot. Metal roofs can be treated with reflective coatings, reflecting the sun’s heat and easing the costs of cooling the home in the summer.

A new roof is an investment, but it can be a valuable addition for your home. To get started with your new roofing project, contact Cloise & Mike Construction, Inc., today.