Quarve Contracting
Friday 13 June 2014

Using Metal Roofing to Go Green in Minnesota

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More and more Minnesota homeowners are looking for green building products for their home remodeling and repair needs.  If you're concerned about our environment here in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area and it's time for a new roof, why not consider metal?  When it comes to finding eco-friendly alternatives to your new roofing upgrade compared to those conventional products, metal roofing is one of the best options to go with. Metal roofing does cost more up front but it can be well worth it when the benefits come rolling in. A couple of the biggest returns are the energy savings and waste reduction that you're able to get with a metal roof on your home. Going Green With Metal Roofing The most common residential roofing material is asphalt.  Asphalt shingles are inexpensive and provide a quick fix, but they can add a lot of heat gain to your home in the summer. This means that you're working hard to cool down your home, and which means more energy consumption. Metal roofs are able to deflect sunlight away from the home to reduce the amount of heat that is inside the home. This alone makes it easier, cheaper and better for the environment as a whole. Metal roofs are also able to last a lifetime which means you're reducing the amount of waste that is thrown out from periodic roof replacements. You do not have to worry about disposing something over and over again when you need your roof fixed. Even if you need to replace your metal roof, metal is able to be recycled and then used again.  And because it is lightweight, metal roofing can usually be installed over an existing asphalt roof, which means that old roofing won't be going into a landfill. Consider this information regarding the life expectancy of common roofing materials:
  • Asphalt shingles can last 10 years or less, depending on the climate and sun exposure; most asphalt roofing is warrantied for 15-20 years, but it usually needs repair work long before that
  • Fiberglass shingles are rated to last for around 25 years, but tend to need to be replaced within 15 to 20 due to the affects of weather
  • Metal roofing can last anywhere from 50 to 75 years or more
Metal roofs are the winner when it comes to putting on a roof and not having to worry about replacing it in the near future. Normally the cost is around two to three times more than asphalt shingles, but this price should not scare you away because of the benefits that you're getting with it. They are able to look great and come in many styles and colors to choose from. Here at Quarve, we are able to provide you with metal roofing of your choice. We specialize in steel specialty to provide the beauty of your home with a roof that looks just as nice on it. Speak with us today to find out more and get an estimate!