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  • Companies are constantly changing their products to become more “green”. The roofing industry is no exception. There are several popular green products that are not only environmentally efficient, but financially efficient as well. A couple of examples are metal roofs and clay tile roofs.

    Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings – which equates to about one sixth of all electricity generated in this country. Studies conducted by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have shown that energy efficient metal roofing materials with Energy Star certified high reflectance paint systems can save you up to 40% on energy cooling costs when compared to typical asphalt roofing shingles.

    Metal roofs offer green environmentally friendly products which offer energy efficiency, recyclability, and extremely low maintenance requirements. No more ridiculously hot attics, which occurred because of the asphalt roof’s low reflection of the sun, sustaining the heat in the attic. Metal roofs reflect the sun, therefore it does not require as much conditioning.

    It is not only the roof’s metal product that can save you but the color of the metal. Lighter colors keep the most heat out, but even darker colors of metal can lower your energy bill dramatically.  In general, lighter energy efficient metal roof colors have better reflectivity, with Energy Star roofing colors such as white having a reflectivity that exceeds 60%, making your Energy Star roof energy-efficient. Furthermore, energy-efficient metal roofs that are Energy Star certified have to maintain a reflectance of at least 15% after three years of real-world exposure testing. The higher the reflectance of the Energy Star certified metal roofs, the more energy efficient and more money you can potentially save. For those with a heightened passion for eco-friendly products, the green factor can be vamped up by choosing a metal roof made with recycled content and in a lighter color.

    Another idea is a clay or tiled roof. These products are durable and natural, and clay and slate tiles have a long history in roofing and are still highly coveted today. These types of roofs look exquisite on older homes or Spanish-style constructed homes. Even longer-lasting than metal, clay and slate tiles can last up to 100 years. Clay tile can also be found in lighter colors, which offer cool-roof benefits. Salvaged tile is the greenest option, keeping usable tile out of landfills. Two problems these type of roofs have are that they can chip and break in weather leaving the customer to repair individual ones, and the cost for a clay or tile roof is almost double what a metal roof costs, yet has double the lifespan overall.

    At GBI Restoration, we know roofs. We service Indiana, Illinois and Michigan customers. Yes, once in a while we have clients inquire about specialty roofs such as metal and clay, but more often clients are interested in traditional roofing materials with cost-effective solutions. There are numerous “green” options and even with traditional roofing products there are choices with less of a carbon footprint. We’re happy to discuss, just ask.

    We can all do our part to help the environment, and when the solution saves customers money in the long run, it is that much better.