Ivyland, PA–July 26, 2011: Drexel Metals Inc. is proud to be promoting its 34 Energy Star-labeled cool metal roofing products. The selection of these energy-saving roofing materials includes a wide variety of steep-slope and low-slope possibilities with a full palette of popular colors and mill finish surfaces. In today’s energy-conscious society, it is more important than ever to use cool metal roofing to lower cooling energy consumption and cost.
The Energy Star label was first introduced in 1992 and is now considered one of the most recognized brands in the world. Since its inception, the Energy Star program has grown to include 60 product categories, including roofing products. In fact, the Energy Star program even includes criteria for labeling an entire home as being Energy Star compliant. Last year alone Americans saved $7 billion on energy bills thanks to the help of Energy Star products. Drexel Metals became an Energy Star Partner on Dec. 31, 2007.
The interest in Energy Star within the building construction industry goes beyond the saving of energy. For example, homeowners who use Drexel Metals’ Energy Star prepainted metal roofing products as a replacement for an existing roof can qualify for a U.S. federal tax credit up to $500. Builders of homes and owners of commercial buildings that use cool roofing to lower the energy consumption of buildings can qualify for tax deductions when they can project energy usage below prescribed levels. The newly revised Energy Star Homes program also references the use of Energy Star labeled roofing in climate zones 1, 2 and 3 as a way to comply with the prerequisite for receiving the label.
According to Jennifer Thompson, director of business development and marketing at Drexel Metals: “Installing a Drexel Metals Inc. cool metal roof can help your home with a number of issues besides cooling costs. Increasing the energy efficiency in your home and reducing roof maintenance are two examples. All of this adds up to spending less time and money taking care of the roof while it helps to improve thermal comfort in the home."
In addition to complying with all the Energy Star Roof Products Program requirements, Drexel Metals’ Energy Star labeled products are available in a Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) premium paint system. The PVDF resin used in these durable paint systems is formulated to retain the initial color and gloss for decades. More importantly, it has been found through research by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that PVDF coated metal roofing materials can retain 95% of their initial solar reflectance for many years beyond the Energy Star prescribed three-years of aging. In some cases, the solar reflectance measured after more than 30 years was found to be 95% of its original value.
That is good news for homeowners or building owners who use Drexel Metals’ PVDF prepainted cool metal roofing. This means that not only will the original beautiful appearance of the roof remain intact, but also the energy savings related to the roof realized from day one will remain consistent over the life of the roof because the surface radiative properties barely change over time.
About Drexel Metals, Inc.
Drexel Metals Inc. is a leading supplier of equipment, materials and technical support for the regional manufacturing of metal roofing. Drexel Metal Roof Systems supply contractors and distributors with the equipment and materials to fabricate metal roofing. For more information, please contact Drexel Metals at 888-321-9630, or visit us at www.drexelmetals.com.
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