Metal Roofing: Taking Care of Energy Costs

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Gas tax or no gas tax? Thanks to the proposed gas tax holiday, that’s the question of the day for American presidential candidates. This isn’t a political blog, so you won’t hear comments about whether or not this is fiscally irresponsible and an attempt to buy votes or a chance to alleviate the pocketbooks of those in need. Whatever the case, at MetalMiner, a gas tax holiday isn’t our main concern. What is our concern? The fact this plan represents. The fact that most energy prices are soaring.

It isn’t just the fuel in your car. According to several news pieces, including  a recent Newswire article, “The EPA reports that $40 billion is spent annually in the United States to cool buildings. This accounts for one-sixth of all electricity generated in a year. These staggering statistics, coupled with the rising cost of heating and cooling homes, have homeowners looking for ways to save the earth and save money on energy costs.”

Metals can help. In fact, there are several reasons to consider metal roofing for your home.  Here are the facts on metal roofing, quoted from the above-linked article:

*The installation of highly reflective metal roofing coatings can save homeowners up to forty percent in summer cooling costs.
*Metal roofs also help heat during winter months, due to vent technology that creates an insulation barrier.
*Many metal roofs can be installed over an existing roof, without tear-off and disposal.

And finally, the article says, metal roofs have another advantage: “The metal roofing industry’s products are already environmentally friendly as most metal roofs contain more than 25 percent recycled [content].”

Forget the stereotypes.  Going green is no longer  for those with granola snack packs and hemp necklaces. If you’re struggling with energy costs, metal roofing — if you decide it’s worth the upfront cost — could make sense for your entire family.

–Amy Edwards

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