Quarve Contracting
Wednesday 19 February 2014

MN Roofs Are Turning White to Fight Global Warming

Posted by at 9:00 AM

photo - www.ccg-csi.com photo - www.ccg-csi.com If you're like many MN homeowners, you're concerned about the environment and the impact of your lifestyle on it.  While we can't all make a worldwide difference, there are things that each individual homeowner can do to help.  The Secretary of US Energy stated earlier that one way that we can all make a difference when it comes to fighting global warming is by painting our roofs white. This helps to reflect the sunlight away from the home. There is a lot going around though about how it will reduce the cooling costs in the warmer months, but what about in the winter when heat is needed or what are their neighbors going to say when they see this happening? There are alternatives to doing something like this though. By adding highly reflective finishes, 'cooler' colored metal roofs can look just like traditional roofs. They can also provide relief every year, throughout the year on energy costs. The color pigments throughout the darker colored metal roof can reflect the solar heat gain instead of having to absorb it which then achieves the best results without having to sacrifice the look of your home. The cool metal roof is able to save up to 25% of the cooling costs inside the home compared to having asphalt shingles on the roof. Ventilation is also something that is able to help with the cooling and heating costs throughout the home. If there is an air ventilation gap installed in the metal roofing, you're able to start saving right away. The tests that have been conducted show that both venting and having an increased reflectance able to reduce the amount of heat that penetrates the top of the home by close to 50%. By having both of these things, you do not have to worry about whether you're doing your part for the environment. Learn more about how a metal roof is a smart investment you can have put on your home today. Speak to us here at Quarve to find out how you can have a metal roof installed on your home. Chances are, it will never need to be replaced and it can be better for the environment overall. Call us at 763.785.1472 to find out more on what we can offer in terms of eco-friend exterior home improvement solutions.