Going Green: How a Metal Roof Can Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly

May 22, 2023Blog, Kansas, Metal Roofing, Salina

“Going green” is a popular phrase that has worked its way into our vocabulary. But what exactly does it mean to go green? According to entirelyeco.com, the green movement began in the 1970s when concerns over the health of the environment and the focus to restore, conserve and improve every aspect of the ecosystems for now and in the future. A drive to improve the planet and live a cleaner life became the focus. 

How can a homeowner choose a roof that is more environmentally friendly? What are the options to reduce waste and pollution for a healthier and stronger planet? 

Metal roofing has become an excellent alternative to other roofing materials for people who strive to have this focus. Here are three ways that a metal roofing system is the smartest and easiest way to go green. 

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Energy Efficiency

Metal roofing is one of the most energy-efficient materials and can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 25%. A barrier is created by the metal which reduces heat loss and maximizes energy efficiency. Ice dams can also be reduced by keeping a constant temperature over the surface of the roof. 

Rainwater collection is ideal when the home has a metal roof. The water is collected from the roof in a large container for use now or later. Metal roofs have a lower concentration of bacteria compared to other materials, especially when coated with an antimicrobial paint system. The collected rainwater can be used for lawns, laundering clothes, washing cars, or outdoor ponds. Always use caution when using rainwater for human consumption. It must be filtered and decontaminated first to be safe. This is just another way metal roofing is energy efficient!


Metal roofing, when properly installed and regularly maintained, can last nearly 60+ years. Put that in comparison to asphalt shingles which need replacement every 20 years. The value in savings of metal roof is astounding! Here is a brief list of regular maintenance procedures.

  • Check the flashing to make sure it is still intact
  • Removal of any debris, limbs, and nests collected on the surface
  • Clean the gutters – this helps to aid in the longevity of the roof with proper water displacement
  • Check fasteners for rust and/or corrosion
  • Check for scratches, dents, chipping, fading
  • Clean the surface of the roof with water


If a metal roof does need to be replaced, the material can be used for a variety of new items. Unlike asphalt shingles that clog up landfills, metal can be used to create the following items.

  • Future metal products such as cans, appliances, plumbing fixtures
  • Create a unique tabletop
  • Make an outdoor sculpture
  • Build an outdoor shower
  • Fencing
  • Go metal in the kitchen
  • Make an accent wall 
  • Create a headboard

The ideas are endless when it comes to metal roofing and creativity! 

These are just three of the many ways why a metal roofing system can be environmentally friendly. Be sure to trust the professionals at Shull Roofing in Salina to install the roofing surface for you. We have been serving the local community for over two decades with honesty, professionalism, and integrity. You can count on us when it comes to all things metal roofing. Give us a call and let’s discuss your vision for a new metal roof and work together to go green for our planet and the future generations to come.