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Sustainable Roofing

Sustainable Roofing
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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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