A steel roof is not just a roof – it can save you money and reduce your carbon footprint in a variety of simple ways:
Photovoltaic Panels save on Energy Consumption
One of the ways you can minimise your carbon footprint is by reducing your energy usage. And this is hugely assisted by the installation of solar panels. The installation of a Photovoltaic (PV) panel system on a roof covered with coated steel (we recommend prime Colorplus® colour coated steel) minimises air pollution caused by the fossil fuels used to make electricity. With our abundant sunshine, we are a step ahead of many countries which have embraced solar panels in spite of months of snow and cloud cover. The payback period for solar panels on a residential house is between 5 and 15 years.
Installing solar panels on a steel roof offers material advantages over other roof types, notably less lifetime cost due to the lifespan of steel roofing matching and often exceeding that of the PV panels, which means no interim removal of panels for the replacement of the roof surface. Steel roofing is also easy to keep clean, minimising the lifetime maintenance costs of the roof / PV system.
Water harvesting is a responsible step
Steel roofs are the perfect means of water harvesting. Studies by various universities and water development boards have emphasised that a standing seam metal roof captures more water for reuse than any other roofing material, with a value of up to 95%.