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Why Choosing a Metal Roof is Great for the Environment

While metal roofing is most famously known for its durability and longevity, what homeowners might not realize is that metal is also a considerably more environmentally positive roofing choice than traditional asphalt shingles. Here is a closer look at why:

Weather Durability

One of the most notable benefits of a metal roof is its ability to withstand the effects of extreme weather. This can include rain, snow, hail, and high winds.

“[A metal roof] will withstand wind forces to 120 mph. Metal can also resist damage due to freezing and thawing because of the nonporous exterior,” say the GTA roofing experts at New Steel Roofers

Of course, a roof that withstands the rage of a storm is one that doesn’t need to be replaced due to lost shingles. That means no wasted materials.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Not only is a metal roof completely recyclable at the end of its lifecycle, but it contains 56% recycled content. By contrast, traditional asphalt shingles are a big contributor to the 14.2 million tons of construction, renovation, and demolition waste generated in Canada every year.

Additionally, a metal roof can be installed over your existing roof, which reduces the waste associated with tearing off the old roofing materials. This route not only saves on time and eliminates waste, but it can also improve home insulation. When a home is well insulated it requires less energy to maintain a comfortable internal temperature, and that is something that is always good for the environment!

Longer Lifespan

A traditional asphalt roof can last between 12 – 20 years, which can mean that a considerable amount of roofing material will find its way into Canadian landfills every year. This is not the case with a metal roof.

According to New Steel Roofers, “A metal roof offers unmatched durability lasting 2 to 3 times longer – as much as 40 to 60 years and beyond”.

Of course, not all metal roofs are of the same quality. For maximum damage resistance and longevity, look for a high-quality roofing system like that used by GTA roofing experts, New Steel Roofers. The metal panels in their roofing system are pressure formed zinc-aluminum alloy coated steel with an acrylic bonded stone chip finish. This finish gives them an attractive, traditional look, which resists fading and UV penetration. It is also resistant to freezing and thawing, prevents ice and snow from sliding off, and muffles the sound of rain.

To learn more about the products and services provided by GTA roofing experts, New Steel Roofers, call 1-877-877-7349, visit, or request a quote through their listing here on


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