It’s Not Easy Choosing Green: Wood Vs. Steel In The Battle For Green Supremacy

Green: A word used to describe any building material that is good for mother nature. Really? With such a nebulous definition, it leaves hucksters free to spin any object as green. For example, you could say that wood is a green product in that it is all natural. On the other hand, using steel means that no trees have to be cut down, so isn't that a good thing? To decide whether wood or steel is the right green choice for your home, you have to take a close look at the facts. 

Principle 1: Conserve Earth's Resources

When you buy wood roofing shingles, you can, at the very least, have the confidence that are you buying a natural material. On the other hand, you have to look at how long your roof will last and what will happen to it when it wears out. Cedar shingles will last for up to 50 years. When your shingles reach the end of their service life, they may be burned as fire wood or thrown away. 

In contrast, steel has to be mined, refined, and then manufactured before it is usable as a roofing material. This may sound like a bad start for steel, but you should know that steel roofing uses at least 25% recycled material, and some roofing manufacturers boast a much higher amount or recycled material. A steel roof can last for 60 years, and when they reach the end of their service life, you can recycle them. Thus, by lasting longer than wood and making recycling a reality, steel roofing wins the battle for conserving earth's resources. 

Principle 2: Reduce Energy Consumption

When it comes to reducing the amount of energy you use in your home, a wooden roof will not help. In fact, if your roof fades to a dark brown color, it can actually absorb the sun's energy and conduct that energy into your home in the form of heat, which only makes your air conditioner's job more difficult. In contrast, a steel roof will reflect the sun's UV rays away from your home. By so doing, it can reduce your energy consumption by up to 40%. Thus, if you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint, steel roofing is the way to go. 

The quest to build a green home is a worthy undertaking. It is fraught with conundrums and challenges, but when it comes to choosing your roof, you should feel secure in your choice of a steel roof from a company like Freedom Roofing.