December 16, 2008
Dear Southern Metal Roofing Friends,
Great news…your Energy Star Cool Metal Roofing system purchased in 2008 qualifies for a Federal Tax Credit! Also, all Energy Star Cool Metal Roofing systems purchased in 2009 will qualify for the Federal Tax Credit for the 2009 tax year. You deserve to be rewarded for green roofing! Be sure to check out other Energy Star incentives from Georgia Power.
We are frequently asked, “What is Green?” In a nutshell, green can be generally described as reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Reduce energy usage, for you and your customers. Every little bit counts, and it all adds up. Reduce pollutants in the air, water, and buildings indoors, as well as air, water, and land outdoors. Reduce material usage and waste. The key here is that any material recycled or reused for another purpose is not wasted.
Reuse materials, such as old cedar roofing which can be shredded into mulch and used on nature and hiking trails, as well as residential landscaping. Since cedar decomposes, it doesn’t ever have to end up in a landfill. New recycling opportunities are being developed for old asphalt shingles. They can be ground up and used as filler in residential driveway asphalt. At this time, this is a very limited use, and there are far too many asphalt roofs being torn off and disposed in landfills. We encourage our clients to install their new sustainable, Energy Star Cool Metal Roofing directly over their asphalt shingles. Slate roofing can be removed, broken up, and used as landscaping decoration. If you tear off an old metal roof, it can sometimes be reused on sheds and barns, or even recycled.
Recycle. Architectural metals are easily recycled, and you can even get paid for them at a scrap yard. Most any plastic material can be recycled, but you will normally have to deliver it to a recycle center.
Southern Metal Roofing is committed to continuous improvement in our green practices to help improve our Atlanta environment. It is an ongoing effort, where every little bit counts. We’re getting greener every day. We’re recycling our scraps instead of sending them to a landfill. We’re driving fuel efficient Hybrid vehicles. We’ve adopted electronic marketing to conserve paper products. We’re performing routine roofing measurements and material lists via satellite imaging rather than traveling to the site. Satellite imaging saves gas and reduces emissions. Our green efforts have saved us money and reduced our expenses. There are direct benefits to our environment, as well as added satisfaction and value to our customers.