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Metal roofing has been gaining popularity for residential applications after being used for years in commercial roofing. Metal roofs are available in many different styles, from the classic standing seam (long vertical seams) to simulated slate and wood shingle style. There are even granulated metal roof that look exactly like asphalt shingle roofs.
The recent increase in popularity of metal roofs is mainly due to the fact they are by far the most eco-friendly roof available. Although the initial cost of metal roofing is higher, the lifespan of a typical metal roof is 2-3 times that of a typical asphalt roof. Metal is also one of the easiest materials to recycle when it does need to be replaced.
In addition, a hot water solar array can be placed under a metal roof to generate passive solar energy for use in hot water, radiant floor, and other applications without the awkward looking rooftop solar collection panels. With certain metal roofing types a photo-voltaic film can be adhered to the roof surface to supply electricity to a home or building. Because rain water run-off from most metal roofing systems does not contain toxins, a rain water collection and filtration system can easily be added to a metal roofing system to supply or supplement a home’s or building’s water supply.