Standing seam metal roofing is favored by architects for the clean, contemporary appearance. It is an alternative to traditional roofing material and contributes to environmental efforts. Metal roofing systems are coated with infrared finishes to reflect the sun’s infrared radiation therefore decreasing energy costs. Metal roofing materials are also 100% recyclable also adding to its environmentally friendly appeal.
As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installation of reflective metal roofing can save your home up to 40% in summer cooling energy costs. These benefits mean less money out of your wallet, less dependence on energy resources and less general air pollution in your neighborhood and across the nation.
The basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect much of the solar radiation usually absorbed in your attic and home by an asphalt roof. But, for homes in warmer climates such as South Florida, metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed. Where annual cooling loads dominate, a highly reflective and highly emissive metal roof is optimal for reducing energy consumption and can actually re-emit up to 90% of absorbed solar radiation.
Additionally, metal roofing is composed of recycled material reducing landfill waste and promoting quick installation as well as decades of environmentally-sound, maintenance-free strength and beauty.