Metal roofing is a viable alternative to shingle based roofs
Metal roofing is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners in America. If you take a drive around any community, you’re likely to find clean, bright metal roofs on many homes and commercial buildings. If you are building a new home, and considering what roof is best for your design and needs, a metal roof is worth considering. Here are the top reasons why metal roofs have become so popular.
Longevity of metal roofing
The biggest reason behind the increasing popularity of metal roofs is that they last much longer than other types of roofs. Most people who install metal roofing in their homes do not need to replace it during their lifetime. Depending on the type of metal used, the roof may last several decades without losing its appeal.
Sturdiness of metal roofs
Compared to most other popular roofing materials, metal roofing is very sturdy and most durable. Properly installed metal roofs can withstand rain, hail, snow, strong winds, mold, mildew, pests, and other elements that can damage the roof. Also, metal roofing is mostly Class A fire-rated and fire-proof. Its durability makes it a popular choice among both homeowners and commercial property owners.
In olden days, metal roofs would stain and rust. They would ruin the aesthetics of the property. Today, metal roofs do not rust or stain because of the highly effective protective coatings used. Metal roofs now come with a wide spectrum of colors and can be made to imitate the traditional ceramic or asphalt shingles.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, almost 20 billion pounds of old asphalt shingles are dumped in landfills each year. Compared to asphalt shingle roofs that need replacement every 15-20 years, metal roofs can last much longer. Also, unlike the case of asphalt shingles, there are no petroleum and fossil fuels used in the manufacturing of metal roofing. Most of the metals used are recyclable, so the carbon footprint is very low. This makes metal roofs one of the most environment-friendly options out there.
Lightweight and easy to install
Metal roofing is among the lightest roofing materials. It typically weights between 1-3 pounds depending on the type of material and its thickness. This means, you can save on the supporting structure and fewer support members would be required. Metal roofing is sold as multiple shingle section or large sheets, which is quick and easy to install.
If properly installed, metal roofs need minimal maintenance. All you need to do is periodically clear the roof of debris such as leaves, twigs, and branches that can clog the gutters or get stuck in the roof. Other than this, there is nothing much you need to do to maintain your metal roof.
Metal reflects radiant heat from the sun. This reduces the mid-day heat gain and in turn, reduces the energy needed for keeping the home cool. The right pigmented coatings can make metal roofs energy efficient. While metal roofing materials have a low R-value, they can be applied over insulation that has high R-value.
Metal roofing drawbacks
The only drawback of metal roofs is that they are more expensive compared to the more popular materials such as asphalt shingles. However, considering the low maintenance and the long lifespan, metal roofs prove much more pocketbook-friendly in the long run.
If you are looking for a new roof for your home, get in touch with our roofing experts now. They will help you decide on the best roofing material for your needs and budget. With years of roofing experience behind us, we can undertake any residential or commercial roofing project and complete it to perfection.