Why a ‘cool’ metal roof is a hot trend

Metal Shingle HouseSometimes when we think about metal on a hot day, we assume it will be hot or warm to the touch. But that’s not the case with a modern metal roof. Due to advances in the production of the material, metal now uses reflective pigment technology to shed the harmful UV rays from the sun.

According to the nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance, this reflective pigment comes in a variety of colors, finishes and textures. These “cool” roofs can be unpainted, pre-painted or coated with granules. The result? Substantial energy savings for you.

Did you know that the average household in America spends about $2,200 a year on energy bills? Nearly half of that cost goes to heating and cooling, according to the Energy Star program and the Metal Roofing Alliance. But metal can come to the rescue in helping keep those costs down, because it reduces both heating and cooling expenditures.

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Metal matters in energy savings

metal roofingA major trend in commercial roofing is to make the roof white, which better reflects the sun’s radiation and saves utility costs. But if you’re working with a residential project, a white roof isn’t always practical or attractive.

Luckily, “a metal roof doesn’t have to be white to be highly reflective,” says Bill Hippard, president of the Metal Roofing Alliance. “Rather than hearing complaints from neighbors, many homeowners looking to reduce year-round energy costs are choosing darker colored, yet highly reflective, metal roofs.”

These cool metal roofs look just like a traditional covering, but the difference you’ll see is in energy savings. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance, even utility companies are on board with cool roofs, because they reduce peak energy demand in the summer. This translates into fewer power outages.

More and more homeowners are seeing the light and choosing a cool metal roof. New statistics show that the number of houses with metal roofs has more than tripled over the past 10 years. Metal roofing has gone from 3 percent of the market to 10 percent.

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