Metal roofing is being used on everything from apartment complexes to residential homes in every style and color imaginable today. Not only is it versatile, though, but it also provides energy savings, superior protection, and more. Nonetheless, it’s important to understand the specific benefits of choosing metal for your home and determining if this really is the right option for your home. Consider the pros of metal as well as a few of the drawbacks of this type of material to determine if a metal roof is the best choice for you.
Primary Benefits of Metal Roofing
Metal roofing rises above conventional materials on a variety of counts, but don’t just take our word for it watch this short video on CBC Busted about the dangers of bad warranties, then look at all the benefits a Metal Roofing System has to offer.
The main thing that makes a Metal Roofing System different from traditional asphalt shingles is the interlocking feature which increases the strength of the material by 10x if not more, some metal roofing contractors go as far as using screws in the installation, further securing the metal pannels to the roof deck. There simple is NOT any other roofing material on the market today in the roofing industry that can match this type of permanent solution for your home.
When properly installed, a metal roof should last as long as the house itself. This material seals out any water, can survive high winds, and easily shed snow. It is also resistant to common issues, such as mildew, fire, insects, and rot. Warranties vary depending on the product and installation; however, most are backed for anywhere between 20 and 50 years. Not only that, but most paint finishes also have a 30-year limited warranty.
Compared to other roofing materials, metal is also incredibly lightweight. For example, Most varieties of metal range between 50 to 150 pounds per square (an area equivalent to 100 square feet), while regular tile weighs in it 750 pounds per square. In fact, metal is so light that you can often apply the new roofing material over an existing roof without tearing the previous off or adding additional support. Likewise, if you are building a new home, you may even be able to reduce the number of roof supports necessary.
Ease of Installation
Most metal options come in multiple-shingle sections or larger 12- to 36-in-wide panels, which makes it easier to install. An experienced contractor can typically install metal very quickly. This factor is particularly important because even a day or two can be critical if your roof is stripped and a storm or other weather component is headed your way. Additionally, most homeowners are able to save on engineering and structural support with metal.
While no one wants to think about it, a fire is an all too real threat to your home. Metal, however, can help protect your home (and your family). Metal materials are noncumbstible, so they are typically given a Class A fire rating – the most resistant. It is important to understand, though, that part of your roof’s overall classification depends on the materials beneath the surface that could also ignite in intense heat. Most roofs that are applied over a combustible material, such as wood shingles, are given a lower Class C rating.
Metal actually reflects radiant heat from the sun, which minimizes your home’s midday heat gain. In turn, you receive added energy savings on air conditioning throughout the day. While the material used in metal roofs is low in insulation value, many of these systems use a dead-air space between the metal and deck to increase efficiency.
Because of its unique construction, metal is nearly impervious to weather conditions, including rain and snow. Metal roofs are typically constructed with interlocking metal shingles or panels that lock out moisture. Likewise, the surface of metal is hard and slippery, so it easily sheds rain and snow.
Conventional products, such as asphalt shingles have a significantly greater impact on the environment than metal shingles. In fact, traditional products contribute to an estimated 20 billion pounds of waste in landfills in the United States alone each year. Metal roofs, on the other hand, often eliminate the cost and environmental impact of roof disposal, as most metal roofs can be applied overtop the existing roof.
Metal is a superior option when it comes to your roofing needs as it is designed to withstand the wear and tear of weather and normal house settling. You will watch your neighbors roof and reroof their homes multiple times, whereas with a high-quality metal option, that is the last roof your home will ever need. Metal systems are resistant to cracking, shrinking, and eroding and can withstand even the harshest weather conditions, including heavy snow, hail storms, and wild fires.
When most people think of metal, they think of the traditional tin available in one or two colors. But in all reality, metal today is available in a variety of different designs in an effort to complement any home or style. This material is offered in an array of colors and can be found in the traditional vertical seam profile or manufactured to look like shingles, clay tiles, slate, or even wood shakes.
The investment in this type of roofing is well worth it as metal roofs are typically longer lasting, more versatile, and more resilient than other roofing materials. If you are considering metal for your roof replacement needs, contact us today to schedule a consultation.