Steel vs. Asphalt: A Simple Way to Conserve Resources and Reduce Waste
Are you a nature lover or conservationist looking for ways to reduce your environmental impact? One simple step you can take is to choose a steel roof for your home instead of an asphalt roof.
Steel roofs are a more environmentally friendly choice because they conserve natural resources, reduce waste, and last longer than asphalt roofs. Let’s take a closer look at these benefits.
Keep asphalt out of landfills plus other environmental benefits.
The average asphalt roof generates two tonnes of waste when replaced. That’s right … two tonnes of waste!! At Hy-Grade, we install our roofs right over your existing asphalt roof. No more landfill waste!
And, since one Hy-Grade roof lasts as long as four asphalt roofs, installing a Hy-Grade roof means at least eight tonnes of waste are kept out of landfills! Here are a few more ways our roofs are eco-friendly:
Conserving Natural Resources
When you choose a steel roof, you’re choosing a roofing material made from recycled materials that can also be recycled at the end of its life. This means you’re helping to conserve natural resources and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Even better, our roofs are installed right over your existing asphalt roof; eliminating the need to throw your old shingles into landfills.
Steel roofs are also more energy-efficient than asphalt roofs, which means that they can help you reduce your energy consumption and lower your carbon footprint. This is because steel roofs reflect the sun’s heat instead of absorbing it, which helps to keep your home cooler in the summer and reduces the need for air conditioning. And, at Hy-grade, our roofs are installed over double strapping leaving a gap between your new and old roof; this gap creates airflow helping to keep your attic cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Steel roofs last longer than asphalt roofs, which means that they generate less waste over their lifetime. This is because asphalt roofs typically need to be replaced every 10-20 years, while Hy-Grade steel roofs come with a 50-year no-leak warranty and lifetime workmanship warranty.
When asphalt roofs are replaced, the old roofing materials end up in landfills, where they can take hundreds of years to decompose. Steel roofs, on the other hand, can be recycled at the end of their life, which means that they can be turned into new steel products and reduce the demand for virgin materials.
Steel roofs are a more durable and long-lasting roofing option than asphalt roofs. They are resistant to harsh weather conditions, such as high winds, heavy rain, and hail, which can cause damage to asphalt roofs.
When you choose a steel roof, you’re making an investment in your home that will pay off over time. Not only will you save money on roof repairs and replacements, but you’ll also enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your roof is built to last.
In addition to these benefits, Hy-Grade steel roofs are also available in a variety of colours, which means that you can choose a roof that complements the style of your home and enhances its curb appeal.
In conclusion, if you’re a nature lover or conservationist looking for ways to reduce your environmental impact, choosing a steel roof for your home is a simple and effective step you can take. By conserving natural resources, reducing waste, and lasting longer than asphalt roofs, steel roofs are a more environmentally friendly choice that can help you reduce your carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the planet.