You may not know it, but the College of Wooster is making headlines across the country with its plans to install the largest solar roof on a college in the country. The College of Wooster has been a benchmark in going green, from the environmentally friendly metal and copper roofing on the new buildings, to the new solar roof they are going to install on the new student recreation center.
Of course, we may not all be able to install a 20,000 square foot solar roof on our home – even if it COULD save us all 271 thousand kilowatt hours of electricity. The next best thing to a solar roof is a metal roof – made of at least 25% post-consumer recycled material, designed to last the lifetime of your home, and made to reduce your home’s energy expenditure. A metal roof is a green alternative to the traditionally shingled roof and a less expensive alternative to a solar roof.
The College of Wooster’s plan is ambitious, and very commendable. Grant Corwell, the College of Wooster president, says that “For the last three years we have been getting progressively better organized, more ambitious, and more serious about modeling sustainability practices that the larger society might adopt.” Modeling a new community standard, the College of Wooster takes a giant step with this solar roofing project.
If your home is suffering because of the roof – losing heat, inefficient cooling, leaking, housing mold or beginning to shed its shingles because of the harsh weather we have had lately, it’s time to consider a green alternative to your current roof. Knowing that the longevity of a shingled roof in northern Ohio is only about 15 years, you will want to look for a financially sensible and environmentally friendly alternative to what you currently have. On a smaller scale, though, as a homeowner, you can still significantly contribute to greening efforts with your home exterior.
Metal roofing in Wooster, Ohio, is a viable, cost-effective, energy-efficient, and green alternative to shingles. Metal roofing not only outlasts traditional asphalt roofing with a lifespan of at least twice that of shingles, but it is also made to withstand hail, resist fading and help your home keep its energy where it belongs – inside. It leaves a small environmental footprint and also leaves your home looking fabulous in the process. Metal roofing is also 100% recyclable and has no petroleum base as asphalt shingles.
In addition to metal roofing in Wooster, you can also make significant contributions to energy conservations with the windows in your home, making sure they are up to date, utilizing advancements in window engineering by using low-e argon or krypton gas, and thermally insulated window spacers.
So, as a consumer, while you may not have the funds available to go solar like the College of Wooster has, you CAN make a significant contribution to the environment by reducing your home’s energy consumption with metal roofing and up-to-date windows in Wooster, Ohio.