Providing Shelter for the Future

March 27, 2019 10:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s a reason why metal roofing in Springfield, MA has rapidly been becoming more popular: it’s because it’s the most environmentally friendly and sustainable roofing material you can use. With a greater focus than ever on sustainability in the world of construction, it only makes sense that more builders and homeowners are preferring to work with materials that can be recycled and reused.

Most metal roofing features at least 25 percent recycled material, and at the end of its useful life it is fully recyclable for other purposes. It also weighs significantly less than asphalt shingle roofing, and having lighter structural materials can help save on building costs while reducing the overall environmental footprint of a project.

Compare this to asphalt shingle roofing, which features a combination of fiberglass, oil impregnated paper and fiberglass—it takes hundreds of gallons of crude oil to make an asphalt shingle roof, and that roof will need to be replaced every 12 to 20 years (depending on the pitch of the roof), much more frequently than a metal roof. Plus, some estimates indicate there are approximately 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles dumped into landfills each year. The shingles can be recycled, but the material does contain some carcinogenic compounds that are considered toxic to the environment, and the creation of the materials themselves relies on the use of fossil fuels.

What makes metal roofing the choice of the future?

Beyond just the environmental factors that make metal roofs in Springfield, MA more beneficial than asphalt shingles, here are a few of the reasons why they are becoming a more popular style of roofing:

  • Durability: You can expect a metal roof will last several times longer than a regular roof. Metal roofs have an average lifespan of 30 to 50-plus years, because they can be repainted rather than needing to be replaced when they start to wear out aesthetically. Compare this to the average of 12 to 20 years for an asphalt shingle roof. Metal roofing is also perfectly capable of standing up to decades of exposure to the elements and to extreme weather, including high winds, hailstorms, wildfires and heavy snow and rain.
  • Weight: Metal roofing is 50 percent lighter on average than asphalt shingle roofs, and 75 percent lighter than other types of common roofing materials, including slate, concrete tile and fiber cement shakes. You do not have to worry about a metal roof being too heavy for certain types of structures.
  • Value: A metal roof will cost you significantly more at the outset than what a standard asphalt shingle roof does, but it will also increase the resale value of your home much more, provide you with greater savings on your energy bills and last you much longer in general, all of which add some financial benefits to using metal roofing for your home.

These are just a few of the many factors you should consider when deciding whether or not metal roofs in Springfield, MA are right for you. Reach out to the team at R & H Roofing, LLP to learn more.

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