Sustainable roofing is a lot of different things. Even professionals in the roofing industry have trouble tying the definition down. That's because sustainability represents many different aspects of design. Ideally, if your roof does one or more of the following, it falls under the sustainability term.

  • Uses recycled or recyclable materials in its construction
  • Has a service life that extends far beyond that of a traditional roof
  • Aids in energy efficiency and overall home energy efficacy
  • Helps or will help to use and restore natural resources through its making or on reuse

The good news for you is that the majority of metal roofing solutions do more than one of these things. So when you're looking for a new roof, you have many choices available to you.

Recycled and Recyclable Materials

Many metal roofs consist of recycled material. In fact, as a part of what makes metal roofs sustainable starts with how much recycled metal the roof starts with. At a minimum, it's good to start with a metal roof that consists of at least 25% recycled material. It's just as possible to use a metal roof that's made of 100% recycled material.

By its very nature, a metal roof is typically 100% recyclable. Instead of sitting around in a landfill, your entire roof can become a part of any number of other projects after you're done with it.

Additionally, you can install metal roofing over an existing roof. That way you don't have to tear off your non-recyclable roof to add metal's sustainability.

Service Life and Longevity

The lifespan of a metal can vary depending on the material, the environment, and the upkeep. A metal roof warranty can last a minimum of 30 years. The warranty is usually on the finish rather than the metal itself. The metal roof itself can last anywhere from 50 to well over a 100 years.

Sustainability is twofold when it comes to the service life of a metal roof. First, if your roof can last you a lifetime, it's sustainable just because you simply don't have to replace it. Second, it's recyclable. So consider that. A roof that can last for as long as you want. And if it should ever happen that you don't want it, then it won't become a burden to the environment in any way.

Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings

By itself, a metal roof is reflective. Sunrays that hit it will bounce back. That reflection is inherent to metal, but you can add more benefit with a cool roof coating. This will definitely reduce your cooling costs.

Preserving and Renewing Natural Resources

A metal roof doesn't need to use any additional natural resources to function. As a sustainable roofing option, it actively promotes using less non-renewable resources. For instance, by using a metal roof, you lower your energy costs. By lowering your energy costs, you drain less available resources, such as gas, oil, or electricity.

Using fewer resources shrinks your environmental footprint. Shrinking your footprint helps to free up resources for further use. It also allows certain resources time to replenish.

No, using a metal roof won't save the world, but it literally helps. Speak to a roofing contractor about metal roofing options. Even if you find that a metal roof isn't for you, the contractor from a place like Unruh Seamless Guttering LLC can still recommend other sustainable roofing options you can take advantage of.