Are metal roofs green?

Answered by Jeffrey ~ March 19, 2010 ~ Comments

I am looking to install a new roof on my Rochester home. Since I am in the middle of creating a more sustainable home with other green remodeling projects I wanted to know if metal roofing is "greener" than asphalt roofing.

Larry T. ~ Rochester, Minnesota

Jeffrey Anderson

Hi Larry, Metal roofing is much more green than asphalt shingles. Most of the metal used for metal roofing is very recyclable, so if for some reason your new metal roof doesn't last as long as the house does, it can be remade into another metal product.

Some metal roofing products now have a coating to help with the energy efficiency of the house, which I'm sure would come in handy in Rochester, Minnesota's winters. The coating works so well that it has earned an Energy Star rating, which could entitle you to a federal tax credit if you install it on your home.

Metal roofing is available in many styles and colors, so it should be an excellent choice for your green remodeling project.

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