Do you love the look of shingled roofing, but would like the longevity of metal? Did you know that you can now have both? Unfortunately metal has had the stigma of looking industrial. This is okay for a commercial building, but not what you would like on your home. Metal Suppliers have worked on their products to look more like traditional shingles. There is so much more to choose from now in the way of metal building materials. You can now have the longevity that you are looking for but not have to compromise on the looks and style you love.
One of the main reasons people choose to install s metal roof is its longevity. Metal roofing generally has a 20 to 40-year warranty. However, it often lasts much longer than this. Construction Magazine states that scientific studies suggest that a metal roof can last in excess of 60 years. Many Architects are already making the move to incorporate more metal cladding and metal walls into their designs because of all of the benefits, just look at this showcase from our supplier ATAS International at the Archi Expo website. There are an amazing amount of possible style and design options, all with the extreme durability of metal for your new construction project.
The longevity of metal is much greater than an asphalt roof which can last anywhere from 15 to 40 years. This is dependent upon factors such as the quality of the asphalt shingles or the pitch o the roof. There are materials that last longer than metal, such as clay, tile, or slate. However, the cost of these materials is considerably more than double, or even four times, the cost of a metal roof.
Another advantage of installing a metal roof is its durability. There is virtually no maintenance for a metal roof, while asphalt can be torn by the wind or damaged in other ways. Slate is also virtually maintenance free, while tile roofs can become brittle and break. However, as stated above, these Slate and tile roofs cost considerably more than metal.
Metal shingles are made of aluminum, steel, copper or zinc. Aluminum and steel roofing will last about 50 years, while copper and zinc can last 100 years.
Metal building materials are also economically friendly. Country Towne Metal Roofing states that the material used is made from 30% to 60% recycled metal. Also, when a metal roof is replaced, 100% of it can be recycled once the roof finally reaches its complete life cycle.
Another possible advantage of a metal roof is reduced insurance costs. In some states and provinces, you can receive premium discounts for a qualifying metal roof.
At one time, metal had the stigma of being only for longevity and ease of maintenance. However, there are many designs available now that look like wooden shakes, shingles or tiles. You can combine the beauty of your favorite roof style with the durability and low maintenance of metal.
If you like the look of shakes, Premashake ATAS shingles are metal shake shingles. They are durable and come in five different colors: forest green, redwood, sierra tan, slate grey and char brown. Premashake ATAS shingles are manufactured from corrosion-resistant steel. Premashake ATAS shingles do not rot, crack, break or support algae. These metal shake shingles are painted with MCA certified premium paint, of which many cool-pigmented colors are ENERGY STAR qualified.
Another style of for a metal roof is metal shingles. These look like regular asphalt shingles and come in many different colors, so you can choose the color that will best enhance your house. There are three types of metal shingles to choose from.
The Advanta Shingle is a simulated dimensional shingle. It is light weight so can be installed over existing roofing without previous removal. The Standing Seam Shingle are elegant in style. They are weather tight with a four-way interlock. The Castle Top is a diamond shaped flat roof that gives a unique appearance to your roof. You can also use different colors to give a pattern to your roof.
Besides roofing, other building materials provided by the ATAS International are a variety of metal wall materials. One variety is a curved corrugated metal panel. Another is a composite metal wall which has a flat smooth surface. You can also choose exposed fastener or hidden fastener wall panels.
Many Architects are already making the move to incorporate more metal cladding and metal walls into their designs because of all of the benefits, just look at this showcase from our supplier ATAS International at the Archi Expo website. There are an amazing amount of possible style and design options, all with the extreme durability of metal for your new construction project.
Fascia, soffits, canopies and decorative towers, along with gutters, roof caps and other accessories are built of different types of metal. These will provide a finished look to your home or building. SterraCore (MCM) is a metal composite material that will provide attractive and durable accessories.
You can also get insulated metal for walls and roofing. It has the look of a standing seam metal with the added layer of insulation. This is of great benefit in commercial buildings for added thermal efficiency.
The wall panels come in five different forms. The Isoleren IM is a flat panel with a texture like stucco. Other wall panels include the Isoleren ML, which is lightly corrugated; the Isoleren SL which has a deep, rich shadowed appearance; the Isoleren WL which has a striated profile; and finally the Isoleren fire rated which has fire resistance ratings of one, two and three hours.
Before you decide what type of roofing and wall building material you would like to use, it would be wise to look into all the different materials available. While a metal roof is more expensive than asphalt, it is much more durable and longer lasting. It would likely pay for itself in its longevity over asphalt shingles.
Now that there are more types and styles of metal wall materials and roofing to choose from, metal will not detract from the beauty and value of your home. Rather, it will add to it. It will increase the value and can add fire protection to your home also. Your home will be a place of beauty for many, many years.