Many homeowners and commercial building designers are concerned about the ecological footprint of their building. When constructing new or renovating an existing building (roofing or cladding), one of the factors to consider is how eco-sustainable a building material is. Let’s look at some of the environmental benefits of choosing metal roofing or cladding over asphalt, clay, wood shingles, or other materials.
Long Service Life Results in Less Consumed Resources
A metal roof is not only low maintenance, but lasts up to 4 times as long as traditional roofing material. The energy expended in its manufacture, installation, upkeep, and renovation is significantly less than other materials. The result of a longer lasting roof, is less material consumption than other roofing materials, that could be replaced 2-3 times during the life time of a metal roof.
Metal roofing and cladding is much more energy-efficient in that they naturally reflect light keeping your home or building cooler in the summer and, when properly insulated, warmer in the winter. When a heat-deflecting coating is applied or a light colored “cool roof” is selected, metal roofs can reduce summer energy costs by up to 40 per cent. Metal reflects the majority of the sun’s rays, so it doesn’t retain as much heat as wood, asphalt shingles, tile or cement. This means a metal roof could help your attic stay cooler longer. The bottom line: significantly lower energy bills and a longer lifespan for your cooling equipment. This results in less energy consumed by the building, indirectly reducing smog and pollution, and generating energy savings for the building owner.
Our metal roofing profiles can help building designers earn LEED® certification. When installed on site, Vicwest Metal Roofing and Cladding Systems will not release VOC’s (Volatile organic compounds) into the atmosphere.