Modern metal roofing resembles other common roofing material, including asphalt shingle, clay tile, etc., but while materials such as asphalt require reroofing every 10 to 20 years, metal roofs can last a lifetime – as much as two to three times longer. Metal roofing reflects heat more effectively, which decreases cooling loads in the summer and can help to reduce your energy bills by up to 40%. You will also benefit from a cut in your insurance rates, due to lowered chances of structural damage from severe weather such as hail or high winds.
Environmentally-friendly metal roofs usually have a minimum of 25% recycled content, which allows them to be listed as “green” and recycled content products. They are also 100% recyclable when removed during building renovations or demolition. Other types of roofing materials must be disposed of by the ton in a landfill, but metal roofing can be recycled in its entirety.