Friday, November 14, 2008

Metal Roofs – a Green Choice

The roof of a green home, whether it is a timber frame, post and beam, structural insulated panel home or a conventional home, has one primary purpose: to protect the interior from the elements.

Depending on the location of the home, the roof may be exposed to heavy rain, high winds, heavy snow, or extremes of sun and heat. Damage from the elements can have serious effects on the structural integrity of the home; therefore, because the roof is often the least accessible part of the building, roofing materials should be durable and low maintenance. A sustainable roof may have a higher initial cost, but will pay for itself over time with lower maintenance, repairs, and replacement costs.

An excellent choice for a green home is a metal roof. Unlike asphalt shingles, metal roofs are typically manufactured with a high content of recycled material. In addition to being lightweight and durable, they are typically coated with a protective “cool roof” finish, helping it to reflect heat and reduce energy consumption to run air conditioners in summer. Metal roofs stand up to high winds and are extremely durable while requiring little to no maintenance. Metal roofs also address sustainability as they are able to be recycled or reused when the building reaches the end of its usable life cycle.

Bonin Architects & Associates can design your new energy efficient home with a metal roof, which will save you money on energy bills and help the environment.

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