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Q+A: Are Metal Roofs Environmentally Friendly?

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Question: Timber frame homes are so environmentally friendly — can the same be said of the metal roofs I’m seeing more frequently?


According to Bridger Steel, a manufacturer of metal roofing, siding and panels, when you buy a steel roof in North America, you are buying a recycled product. Metal roofs are 100 percent recyclable, and most often, a new metal roof contains recycled steel (often as much as 25 percent or more) to begin with. In addition, the reflective paints used to color the metal bounce heat and harmful UV rays back into the atmosphere, helping to keep a home’s interior cooler and easing the burden on your HVAC unit (not to mention saving your money on energy costs). So, when you opt for a metal roof, “green” is much more than its potential color — it’s a nod to the money (and planet) you save, too.

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