The Benefits of Reflective Metal Roofs

July 31, 2015

Reflective metal roofing is one of the best roofing materials available in the roofing market. It is legitimately the best of both worlds. It’s superior quality, good for the environment, and can help you save money in the long run. It’s long-lasting, rough, fireproof, and can reflect sunlight and re-emit absorbed solar heat allowing it to reduce summer cooling costs by up to 40% for homeowners. This definitely puts this material down as a green roofing product, but there are even more reasons to consider this roofing material if you’re aiming to go green with your roofing material.

How It Works – The Ins and Outs of Reflective Metal Roofing

There are TWO ways reflective metal roofs work when it comes to reducing energy costs. As stated earlier, reflective metal roofing reflects sunlight. Most other roofing products that reflect the sun heat up the home and degrade the material. However these reflective metal panels send the sunlight back into the air BEFORE it raises the indoor temperature, saving the material and your air conditioning bill. The second way reflective metal roofing can help you reduce energy costs deals with how the metal panels are painted at the factory. Heat emitting paints and granular coatings are applied to the metal panels at the factory and are manufactured to re-emit absorbed solar heat back into the air which, of course, means less heat that’s absorbed your roof and transmitted into your home! You should be cooler, cool enough that you won’t need to put your AC on high.


This roof is also landfill friendly. Most of these roofs are made up from recycled metal and they can be recycled when they are all worn out. Instead of filling the landfill up with shingles, you’ll be able to reduce waste by recycling your panels at the end of their life. And, actually, in many cases you can install your new metal roof directly over asphalt shingle roofing, making it so that one less load of shingles takes up residence in a landfill.

Other Benefits

Reflective metal roofing has other benefits that don’t have anything to do with being environmentally friendly. Reflective metal roofing also lasts a long time – most metal roofs are guaranteed to last 20 – 50 years and most roofs seem to last longer than the guarantee. The biggest issue with reflective metal roofing is determining whether the paint is holding up on the panels. While the panels don’t wear out, the paint does wear out which makes it lose some of its effectiveness and exposing the metal to the elements. But luckily, if that happens, all you need to do is repaint the roof! If you repaint your roof about every 20 years, you should be set for a long time.

If you’re curious about how much money you’d save by installing a reflective metal roof (or any other sort of cool roof) the United States Department of Energy came up with a Cool Roof Calculator. By using this calculator, you may more easily be able to tell how much money would save from heating costs and if it is worth it for you to install a reflective metal roofing.

If you are interested in purchasing this sort of roof, you should definitely contact us at Accord Construction. We can give you an estimate, talk about your options, and inspect your roof to make sure it won’t need reinforcements. Sometimes roofs need reinforcements to accommodate a metal roof material. You will then have to talk to an insurance agent. Most insurance companies will give you a discount on your insurance premiums if you get a metal roof installed (but you should always check in case your company might have restrictions about the material). It’s better to check in with the insurance company BEFORE you get started, especially so you can make sure you get all the benefits from having a reflective metal roof.

Call Us to Get Your Reflective Metal Roof

Accord Construction is available to help you through the roofing process, whether you choose to use reflective metal roofing or not . Our company is fully licensed and certified. We are also current – we know all the latest roofing techniques that will make your home safe.


We’re the best choice for professional roofing in Oklahoma City and Edmond, Oklahoma. No matter what your needs are whether you need help with attaching a new roof, water damage, or wear and tear, we’re here to help you achieve your dream roof. Call us at (405) 302-5520.

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