Metal or Reflective Roof Benefits
According to Energy Star, Americans spend about $40 billion every year to air condition buildings. It adds up to a sixth of all electricity used in the United States. In cases like this, a roof that is designed to reflect light, rather than absorb it, can save you hundreds of dollars in utility bills each year. If you live in a location that is warm year round, then you may save even more. Still, the benefits don’t stop with the financial savings.
Reduced Energy Consumption A reflective or metal roof can lower the temperature of your roof surface by up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This heat would otherwise be transferred into your home. When you reduce the surface temperature, you reduce the amount of work your air conditioning has to do to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home. Many reflective roofs can reduce your cooling demands by 10%-15%.
In many cases, a metal roof can eliminate your need for air conditioning. This is particularly helpful if you’re on a budget or if you have elderly people or young people living with you who are heat sensitive.
Reduced Pollution and Greenhouse Gases By lowering your energy use with reflective roofing, you also reduce the air pollution and greenhouse gases emitted into the environment. This reduces your carbon footprint as well as your monthly utility bill. It makes such a significant difference that there are federal tax credits available for qualified metal roofs and reflective shingles that are installed on existing homes.
So How Much Can You Save? The savings you get from a reflective or metal roof depends on where you live. The cost of a metal roof installation also factors into your annual savings. Costs range from $.75 to $3.00 per square foot deepening on the slope of the roof and the materials you use. According to a study in California, the annual yearly net savings is around $0.50 per square foot. So for 1,000 square feet, that’s an annual savings of $500. And this annual savings figure doesn’t include the tax credits.
Finally, metal roofs last longer. They’re durable, not as susceptible to wind and storms, and are easy to maintain. Some homeowner’s insurance companies actually offer a discount of up to 35% on your insurance if you have a metal roof. If you’re interested in saving money and reducing your carbon footprint, then a metal roof may be your next home remodeling project.