Recently, the U.S. Secretary of Energy encouraged Americans to paint their roofs white, in an effort to reduce global warming by both conserving energy and reflecting sunlight back into space.
A white roof is a good idea, but a highly reflective metal roof is even better. New technologies allow even darker colored metal roofs to absorb less heat through the use of highly reflective pigments that reflect solar energy.
In addition to energy savings, metal roofing is cost effective, more durable and longer lasting than most other materials. A metal roof can last a lifetime -- the average life of a non-metal roof is 17 years, often requiring repairs throughout its life.
No matter the kind of roofing style, there's a metal roofing style to match. Today's metal roofing looks just like common roofing material such as asphalt shingle, clay tile, cedar shake or slate. In addition, as opposed to non-metal roofing material that begins to deteriorate as soon as it's exposed to the elements, a metal roof will never deteriorate, and can withstand most everything Mother Nature throws its way.
The time is right for homeowners to choose a better roofing system that provides both long and short-term savings. The Stimulus Package signed in February 2009 states that homeowners who make energy efficient updates to their home, including the installation of a painted or coated Energy Star labeled metal roof, may be eligible for a tax credit up to $1,500 per home.