Sunday, September 4, 2011

Cool metal roofing, a hot idea

Despite years of trying to raise awareness about energy conservation, less than half of the homes in the United States are well insulated, with properly sealed ductwork. The Energy Star program reports the average U.S. household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half going to heating and cooling costs. The annual costs continue to rise. Metal roofing is a new tool in the energy wars, because of its ability to reduce both cooling and heating energy usage. Unlike insulation, which some homeowners skip, every home needs a roof.

Driven to reduce energy costs and make long-term improvements to their homes, more homeowners than ever are installing durable and environmentally friendly metal roofing systems. According to new statistics from McGraw-Hill Construction Research and Analytics®, the number of homes with metal roofs has more than tripled over the past decade, moving metal from 3% of the overall U.S. market to 10%.

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