Metal Roofing Services
Benefits of Metal Roofing for Your Home
Everything you need to know before installing a metal roof, or buying a property with one.
Metal roofs can be a good option for both residential and commercial properties. They are long-lasting, energy efficient, and require minimal maintenance. There are a variety of styles available for metal roofing. These include exposed fastener panels, standing seam panels, and a number of simulated shingle options. Simulated shingles are metal shingles which look like their standard counterparts.
For example, you can find metal shingles which imitate the aesthetic of tile or slate, while maintaining the many desirable properties of metal roofing. Metal roofs come in many alloys, which all have a different appearance. You can choose from tin, zinc, aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel.
Pros of metal roofing
Longevity: Metal roofing lasts up to 70 years, compared to asphalts lifespan of just 10-20 years.
Energy Efficient: Metal roofing scores highly on the Solar Reflectance Index (SRI), and can reduce cooling costs by up to 25%.
Environmentally friendly: Most metal roofs contain anywhere from 20-90% recycled scrap and are 100% recyclable when the time comes to replace. Check out the EPA's article on construction waste and it's environmental impact.
Safety: Electricity and fire have virtually no effect on metal roofs. This is why you often see them on homes in the mountains where tall trees are close.
Durability: Metal roofing doesn't require regular maintenance, unlike many other roof systems. Like anything in your home though, you should still perform regular inspections. Metal roofs are also impact resistant, can withstand extreme winds, and won't corrode if treated correctly.
Cons of metal roofingNoisy:
Some metal roofs can be noisy when a storm passes through. This is because there is an empty space between the metal roof and your deck. Roofers create an empty space to ventilate the roofing system. Brands like Decra utilize a stone coating on their steel roofing. These shingles have the added benefit of sound dampening due to the extra material.Expensive:
Despite having such a long lifespan, metal roofs cost two to three times a basic asphalt roof. Your decision to build a metal roof should be based on how long you will live in your home.
If you do end up having to repair your metal roof, it could be tough to get a perfect color match for your roof. However, you can find your replacement options by speaking with your manufacture, and double-checking your homeowner's insurance policy.Quality:
Not all metal roofs are the same. Production, installation, and metal thickness are all factors which contribute to the effectiveness of your roof. Do your research and find a roofer with metal roofing experience. Manufactures are a great source for these types of referrals. This is because their name and wallet are on the line whenever they license a roofer.