Going Green with Copper Metal Roofsrecycling

When choosing a new material for a roof, 77 percent of homeowners say the most important aspect of their shingle purchase is the shape or style of a shingle.

There are many beautiful roofing shingles on the market that might sway homeowners based on color and shape; but what would you pay to have a beautiful shingle that is good for the environment and saves you money, too?

You can choose a “green” option for your new roof that is easily recycled, is made primarily from recycled materials, is energy-efficient, and saves money and resources—copper metal shingles.

 

Recycling

Copper metal roofing is an ideal material if you want to invest in your house and support a healthy environment. Recycled copper is worth 90 percent of its original value, making it a sound financial investment if you decide to change your roof in the future. Homes and buildings with metal roof shingles are also worth more than those with asphalt shingles or other materials. The initial cost of shingles is greatly offset by the return later on.

Copper is also infinitely recyclable, including patinated copper with its soft green color. Recycled copper can be used to make new roofing materials, copper sheeting, wiring, and other copper parts. In fact, recycled copper covers up to 55 percent of annual copper usage.

That means that a large percentage of copper shingles are already made from recycled copper, and when you install copper roof shingles you support recycling.

 

Energy Efficiencycopper-metal-shingles

These days appliances boast energy-saving options and special insulation is added to walls to regulate indoor temperatures. With so many visible solutions, people often forget how vulnerable their roofs are when it comes to temperature changes.

Copper and other metal shingle roofing are energy efficient, keeping the surface up to 100 degrees cooler than asphalt roofs in the summer. And in the winter, metal roofing shingles help to insulate from the cold. Tests have shown a metal roof can lead to approximately 50 percent in energy savings for your home.

Using recycled copper for a metal shingle roof even saves more energy to make than some other metals. Copper saves up to 90 percent of the amount of energy required compared to virgin ore.

 

Fewer Materials

One big argument for going green is that our earth has limited resources that take millions and even billions of years to recreate. Copper is 100 percent recyclable, sturdy, strong, and virtually maintenance free, meaning you won’t have to spend more time and money to fix it up.

When you choose copper, steel shingles, or aluminum shingles from Fine Metal Roof Tech, you receive a lifetime warranty to keep your roof in good condition. Like on many historic buildings, metal roofs have been known to last more than 100 years with little to no maintenance, whereas an asphalt roof needs to be replaced every 15 to 20 years.

Metal shingles cost less in material costs over a period of 100 or even 50 years. And they require less fuel for transportation of products that only have to be installed once.

 

Steps to Having a “Green” Housecopper-shingle-roofing-18

There are quite a few things you can do to make your house or building greener. Here are a few steps that will make the most difference in your efficiency and savings.

  1. Check walls and windows: Regardless of the season, you can benefit from having properly insulated walls and windows. According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, insulation can reduce heating and cooling costs by 20 percent and energy consumption by 42 percent. There are also double-paned windows made to reduce the exchange of heat that can help reduce costs.
  2. Check your thermostat: It is recommended that thermostats be set to 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you are home in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer. This practice can save you up to 15 percent per year in the winter and 6 to 8 percent per degree higher than 78 degrees in the summer. You might also consider turning down the temperature on winter nights and using blankets to keep warm instead.
  3. Purchase energy-efficient appliances: There are energy-efficient versions of almost any electrical appliance you can think of. From washing machines to humidifiers, you can save significantly on your monthly electricity usage with appliances you use the most often.
  4. Reduce energy usage during peak times: More energy use during peak times can actually cause higher costs. During the summer, try to avoid using a dryer, dishwasher, or other appliances that emit heat between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. This will help keep your cooling and energy consumption costs lower.
  5. Install a metal roof: A standing seam roof or metal shingles roof can reduce your heating and cooling costs, and is good for the environment. You can choose from specific metals like aluminum roofing or copper shingles.

 

Contact Fine Metal Roof Tech

Fine Metal Roof Tech can help you choose the right metal for your home. Copper metal shingles are long-lasting and maintenance-free, representing the best roofing material available for aesthetics and price.

With Fine Metal Roof Tech, you can receive a lifetime warranty with all of our metal roofing system products and metal siding panels. Metal roofing is strong, durable, and safe for all climates and hazardous weather—hurricanes, blizzards, extreme temperatures, and more.

Get the look you want for your roof with the quality and earth-conscious choice of copper metal shingles, galvalume shingles, quadro panels, or diamond shingles. Contact us at 801-462-5264 to learn more, or visit www.finemetalrooftech.com.

 

Sources:

http://www.roofingcontractor.com/articles/89280-state-of-the-industry-report
http://finemetalrooftech.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Environment-Catalogue.pdf
http://www.copper.org/publications/newsletters/innovations/1998/06/recycle_overview.html
http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/construction/green/shingles-or-metal-roof.htm
http://www.naima.org/insulation-knowledge-base/facts-about-insulation-and-energy-efficiency.html
http://www.centralhtg.com/blog/recommended-thermostat-settings-for-home-comfort