To: Mark Zuckerberg
From: Bill Hippard, Executive Director, Metal Roofing Alliance
Date: March 27, 2016
Re: Metal Roofs Aren’t Just for Panic Houses
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
Your Palo Alto home plans have created headlines this week. Kudos to you for wanting to protect your family - that’s an instinct we all share. Based on the plans we’ve seen referenced, at least one of the new homes will be built to last. And not just because of the reported brick walls and steel doors. It’s the standing seam metal roof that will provide decades of protection for your so-called “panic house.” Resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding, attractive metal roofs can work with any type of architecture, and withstand extreme weather conditions throughout their long, long life.
Clearly, you’re working with architects who know that a metal roof is not only an aesthetically- pleasing option, it’s also the best choice for a home that’s meant to provide a safe haven. We’re just confused as to why you would choose wood shake roofs for the other planned homes, particularly in California with the constant threat of wildfires.
We think we can offer you a better alternative. The members of the Metal Roofing Alliance create eco-friendly metal roofs that resemble other styles of roofing, including cedar shakes, but with the inherent benefits of metal. So all of your new homes could have sustainable, energy-efficient metal roofs that are non-combustible. In addition, metal roofs are made from recycled materials, and are 100% recyclable at the end of their long life. These environmental benefits seem like they’d be important to you.
We’re happy to work with you and your architecture firm to recommend a variety of styles of metal roofing for your new homes. Your switch to all metal roofs has the ability to inspire others to make sustainable choices that can positively impact our environment while protecting your family.