Story at a glance:

  • Englert’s standing seam metal roof is both long-lasting and has many sustainable qualities.
  • Standing seam metal roofs can offer greater energy efficiency than buildings with asphalt shingles.
  • Metal roofs are strong—standing up to fire, high winds, hail, and other weather events more than most alternatives.

The advantages of metal roofs have long been documented, and their potential to benefit the environment is perhaps the most powerful and impactful of them all. The Englert standing seam metal roof, specifically, is renowned for its longevity, but the sustainability that comes along with that is often understated. Our steel and aluminum roofs are made from recycled metals and do a remarkable job of reducing the impact on our planet.


One of the most critical benefits of a standing seam metal roof is its ability to be recycled and reused. While asphalt shingles contain oils and other chemical products largely derived from fossil fuels, metal is fully recyclable and can meet a much higher percentage of demand than asphalt.

The reuse of this material could drastically reduce the amount of fossil fuels required to produce it—resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and helping to reduce global warming.

Energy Efficiency

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The energy efficiency of standing seam metal roofs can be essential in providing comfort and energy savings to the occupants of a building. They can offer greater energy efficiency than buildings with asphalt shingles.

Kynar coated metal roofing reflects more of the sunlight than asphalt does, thus creating an easy way to reduce the need for air conditioning and cooling systems. In turn this can result in decreased energy consumption and a lower carbon footprint.


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In addition to its energy efficiency, the durability of a standing seam metal roof is an invaluable advantage over asphalt shingles. The lifespan of an asphalt roof is typically 12 to 15 years on the short end, and with a 40-year paint finish warranty an Englert metal roof easily surpasses that lifespan. This means buildings with metal roofs are more likely to remain standing for longer, reducing the need for continual repair and replacement. This both fosters sustainability and cuts down on installation and disposal costs, saving money as well as environmental impact.


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Lastly, standing seam metal roof systems are engineered to perform. From fire resistance to resistance to impact from high winds, hail, and other weather events, it performance increases the stability of the building and its roof, preventing vulnerabilities and loss of roofing material. This in turn reduces the need for constant roof maintenance, providing homeowners and businesses with more peace of mind and improved energy efficiency.

All in all, the advantages of a standing seam metal roofs can be a potent combination of options for a building owner to choose from. Energy efficiency, fire resistance, and improved sustainability, and more—these roofs have a definite and measurable benefit to the environment. In sum, standing seam metal roofs are an excellent choice for the earth that should be considered when constructing a new building or replacing an existing roof.

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