The United States has been using aluminum for decades, but its new aluminum-based roofing material has a new name and is being used on more and more homes.
The aluminum-filled concrete that is used to make aluminum roofing is being phased out in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules.
The agency said in a blog post on Thursday that it had begun to remove aluminum from the U.S. market in favor of a mix of other materials that would meet standards for a new type of roofing called “aluminum foam.”
The agency also plans to replace aluminum-covered beams with steel-coated ones to make roofs that would be lighter and more resistant to fire.
“While the transition to this material will likely have an immediate impact on some of the buildings currently being manufactured in the U.” the EPA said, “it will have no adverse effects on the existing, existing and future construction of new buildings.”
The EPA said that since it began testing new materials for the use of roofs in 2012, the agency has found aluminum to be more durable and more resilient than steel and other traditional materials.
But the agency also noted that it found some of its aluminum foam materials “could be less dense and more likely to degrade in the heat of the sun.”
In an interview with CNNMoney, the EPA’s acting administrator, Julie McCabe, said that aluminum “is a very versatile material and is available from many sources.”
She added that the EPA would not be making changes to its current use of aluminum in new roofs because of the new regulations.
The EPA says the new material “can withstand heat and drought conditions, can withstand extreme cold, and is more resistant than other roofing materials to corrosion, dust and insects.”
But critics of the agency’s decision to replace the old material have expressed concern that the agency could be making a major mistake by relying on a new material that has been used for so long in homes in the United States.
“Aluminum is the same material as aluminum foam and it’s used in every building,” said Jessica Smith, a member of the National Association of Home Builders, which represents more than 25,000 builders.
“Aluminum has been around for thousands of years, and we’ve been using it for decades.
If we’re going to go in the other direction, it’s going to cost a lot more money.”
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which advocates for energy efficiency, says that “aluminium roofing foam is a highly efficient material.”
In addition to the cost of the change, Smith said that it’s unclear if the EPA will be able to continue to make new roofs in the future because the EPA is still evaluating the cost and potential environmental impact of the material.
Aluminum roofing has long been used on residential and commercial roofs to keep roofs from getting too hot, but it has also been used in other applications.
The EPA says that aluminum roof material is less prone to cracking and will last for longer.
But Smith said the material is a “toxic substance” that needs to be replaced regularly.
“I think that we’re seeing a lot of this material being used to put in new roofing and I think the EPA needs to get out of this old idea that we don’t need to replace anything,” she said.
Smith added that she’s concerned about the “irreversible impact” the EPA may be having on the environment and on people’s ability to live safely.
“You’re going up to the roof and you’re getting the fumes and you’ve got to scrub off the foam and put it in the next room and you want to make sure that you can breathe and get out,” she told CNNMoney.
“The fact that this is going on is something that we have to worry about.”
Smith said that while the EPA was “not taking any action” against the agency in the current round of the roofing rulemaking process, it will take action in the near future.