As solar roofing continues to experience incredible growth in the residential and commercial markets, choosing the best material for installation has become increasingly part of the equation. Metal roofing has proven to be ideal, not only for its strength and durability, but also for several other economic and environmental considerations.
Longer Lasting, Less Maintenance
Metal roofing is one of the few roof types a service life that exceeds the service life of solar panels. The estimated life span of solar panels is approximately 20 to 25 years, while metal roofing can last for 50 years or more. It is also the most sustainable roofing type, with two to three times the average life span of other roofing materials.
Standing seam metal roofing allows for the use of the solar panels’ simple clamp systems on the seams. In this zero-penetration installation system there is a significantly reduced possibility of leaks or other roofing failures. This system also has potential lower installation costs.
More Energy Efficient
Solar energy is a strong option for both businesses and homeowners to substantially reduce energy costs year in and year out. With the cost of solar becoming significantly more affordable over the last decade, as well as federal and local incentives to invest in solar, return on investment improves every year. Metal roofing helps keep rooftop temperatures cool, which allows better performance from solar panels.
Metal roofing is sustainable, creates less waste and requires little maintenance. Plus, metal roofing, unlike many other roofing systems, is 100% recyclable at the end of its life cycle.
More Aesthetic Possibilities
The curb appeal of metal roofing is another significant reason why building owners are embracing it. Standing seam roofing has an impressive array of metal types and color options, to create unique, eye-catching buildings.
Together, solar panels and metal roofing provide owners and the environment a fantastic ROI. Along with all the above benefits, users enjoy more energy independence and potentially lower utility expenses.