Sustainable Roofing

By Robert Robillard on Roofing

Sustainable Roofing
Photo: Courtesy of Petersen Aluminum.

Sustainable Roofing Materials

You know you need a new roof when you have a roof leak!  Other times it’s not so straightforward.
If you are in need of a new roof, usually the first thing that comes to mind are asphalt shingles. But while a metal roof may not be a common sight in most neighborhoods, metal has many benefits that make it a good choice for a residential roof.

Metal Roofs

For one, metal roofs are environmentally friendly. They have a high recycled content, and are energy efficient. Made out of steel, copper, aluminum and zinc, metal roofs are both 100% recyclable and feature high recycled contents, meaning that they cost less to make and can be fully recycled after their long life.

Metal roofs are lightweight, long-lasting and durable. Weighing a fraction of shingles, metal roofs are not effected by weather conditions and will hold up in rain, wind and snow..

Available in a wide variety of colors, many of which are Energy Star rated, metal roofs can be used to receive points for LEED certification through the United States Green Building Council.  A highly reflective metal roof helps save costs on heating and cooling, making it a cost-effective choice all around.

And speaking of cost savings, the 2009 Stimulus Package provides tax credits to homeowners have make energy-efficient updates to their home, including adding an Energy Star-rated metal roof. By installing a metal roof before the end of the year, you may be eligible for a tax credit worth up to 30% of the materials cost (materials only), up to $1,500 per home. Click here

For more information on the 2009 stimulus tax credit.For more information on metal roofing, visit the Metal Roofing Alliance at and the Metal Construction Association .

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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