Metal Sales products are available in two materials – aluminum and steel – and steel is the overwhelmingly majority of Metal Sales production.
Facts about steel
Steel is the world's most recycled material. It is among the easiest materials to reprocess, as it can be separated magnetically from the waste stream. Any grade of steel can be recycled into top quality new metal, with no “downgrading” from prime to lower quality materials during the process. 42% of crude steel produced is recycled material1.
1 Steel: The Foundation of a Sustainable Future—Sustainability Report of the World Steel Industry 2005
Facts about aluminum
Aluminum is one of the most efficient and widely recycled materials. Recycled aluminum is indistinguishable from virgin aluminum and processing is identical for both. Recycling does not produce any change in the metal, so aluminum can be recycled indefinitely. Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy cost of processing new aluminum.2
2 "The price of virtue". The Economist. June 7, 2007.
Metal Sales products have a projected average lifespan exceeding 45 years. At the end of their useful service life, the products can be fully recycled rather than landfilled. Efficient methods to recycle steel and its high recovery rate contribute to continual future recycling, which minimizes the need for building with virgin materials.
Also, compared to asphalt shingles for roofing, Metal Sales roofing products are far better for the environment. A very small percentage of asphalt shingles are ever recycled. In fact, they account for some of the highest percentage of building materials landfilled today.
Plus, asphalt shingles are a petroleum-based product that further taxes our world’s reliance on fossil fuels.
Long Life Cycle
Metal Sales products enjoy very long life cycles compared to alternative products. Products that don’t require replacement (or require less frequent replacement) during the lifespan of a building are generally preferred. The long life cycles of Metal Sales products makes them both financially and environmentally efficient.
According to the Metal Roofing Alliance,
"You can expect a metal roof to last at least 2 to 3 times longer than a regular roof. In general terms, count on a metal roof lasting 40 to 60 years and beyond.
To put it in context, the average life span of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. That lifespan can be shorter depending on the pitch of your roof and the climate in your area. Made of oil impregnated paper or fiberglass, asphalt begins to deteriorate as soon as you expose it to normal weather. A metal roof, however, will never decompose.
Other roofing materials like wood shingle, shake and tile have varying degrees of weather-related problems that lead to breakdown. Wood shingle and shake roofs often need replacement before twenty years. Concrete tile roofs can crack and warp in the freeze/thaw cycle of more northern climates.
All of the above roofing materials are well-outlasted by metal roofing, which retains its good looks and durability decade after decade after decade."