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My Shiny New Eco-Friendly Roof

house with copper steel metal roof

Ok, so you may ask "what does a roof have to do with food?" A fair question, to be sure. It all started a few years back when I wanted to collect rainwater for my garden. I just couldn't bring myself to water my beautiful organic food with water than ran over an old asphalt roof. So when it came time for a new roof, I looked for different options. Enter the steel roof.

A local home improvement store had recently begun to sell residential steel roofing. I was intrigued. A lot of research followed.  I found out that steel roofs are, on average, made out of over 80% post-consumer recycled steel. That definitely appeals to me. I then found out that steel roofs can lower your cooling costs by 40% or more. The manufacturer I went with had two color options that re-emit over 97% of the heat that isn't automatically bounced off the shiny roof, making those two colors even more energy efficient than the rest. The two choices were copper and white. As you can see, I went with copper.

And the cost? We paid $149 a square. That's about the same cost as a decent (but not great) asphalt roof with a 30 year warranty. My steel roof came with a lifetime warranty. We also went with steel siding, for the same reasons (longevity, energy efficiency.) To do the entire house in steel siding cost us $184 more than the mid-range vinyl siding we had originally picked out.

It is now summertime and the roof has been up for a few months. My house is still under construction (we are having an addition put on.) The air conditioning has not been hooked up yet because some of the ducts needed to be ripped out and replaced. On a 90 degree F day, our house stays at a cool and comfortable 75 degrees F.

I have had the run-off water tested for heavy metal contamination and it came back clean. So I am now happily watering my garden with rainwater.

One question I get asked often is "does it get really loud upstairs when it rains?" The answer is, not at all. It sounds no different than with a typical roof.house with metal roof

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