Metal roofs are leading the way in the growing cool roofing trend. Cool roofs use reflective metal panels to prevent heat absorption into a building, which can cut cooling costs in warm climates or summer months significantly.For example, the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition found that a metal roof could save a Florida homeowner about 23 percent in yearly energy bills over a dark asphalt roof.
Steel roofing can be coated with special paints to increase reflectivity and prevent heat absorption. Certain steel roofs may be eligible for Energy State tax credits up to the 30 percent of the cost of materials.
In addition to helping you save money on your cooling bills, steel is the new green in other ways as well.
The typical steel roof is made from 28 percent recycled materials, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute, and can be completely recycled at the end of its life, rather than dumped in a landfill.
The cooling benefits of metal roofs can also translate to the area surrounding your home. By keeping surface temperatures lower, steel roofs can help create better air quality by preventing smog formation.
As with other roofing materials, a steel roof is best installed by a qualified roofing contractor. Look for a contractor with knowledge of various metal roofing materials and a solid track record of installation and service.
When properly installed, your steel roof can be attractive, energy-efficient, and durable.