The Benefits of Metal Roofing

Posted by on 5/14/2018 to Roofing
The Benefits of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing systems are acquiring national popularity, and it’s easy to see why. They virtually compliment any architectural style, are environmentally sustainable, and they offer the opportunity for long-term savings. Discover the many benefits that metal roofs have to offer.

ECO-FRIENDLY

A metal roofing systems is the most sustainable and environmentally friendly roofing material. On average, metal roofs contain 30-60% of recycled material, and is 100% recyclable. If you are upgrading from another roofing material, such as an asphalt roof, the metal roof could even be installed over an existing roof to eliminate environmental impacts from disposal.

DURABILITY

Unlike asphalt shingles and other roofing options, a properly constructed metal roof can withstand just about anything Mother Nature may throw its way. Extreme temperatures, high winds, hail, marine layers, and even fire is no match against a metal roof.

Metal roofs can last more than 50 years. Homeowners with wood shake roofs should expect them to last about 30 years, while fiber cement shingles last about 25 years and asphalt shingle/composition roofs last about 20 years. While non-metal roofs require frequent maintenance, metal roofs require little to none, leaving more money in your pocket.

ENERGY SAVINGS

With a metal roof, it is possible to save as much as 40% on your annual energy costs. The cool metal roofing boasts a reflective solar coating; designed to minimize heat build-up and reduce air conditioning costs. You may even qualify for the Energy Star Tax Credit, a non-business tax credit for 10% of the cost of qualified energy efficiency improvements and 100% of residential energy property costs.

AESTHETIC APPEAL

If a metal roof’s environmental friendliness, durability, and energy savings weren’t enough to convince you to consider a metal roof, perhaps the instant curb appeal a metal roof can add to your home, will. The world of metal roofing has evolved over the last decade as there is a large selection of styles, such as, metal shingles and slate, metal tile, metal shake, and vertical panels.

In addition to the wide variety of styles, there are many materials and finishes to choose from including steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc, as well as paint and metallic coating finishes. On average, a contemporary metal roof improved the home’s resale value up to 6%, and averages of 85.9% of roofing installation costs were recouped.

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS

Salt Water

Imagine this; a beautiful and spacious Mediterranean home featuring stucco exteriors, tropical landscaping, beach-front access, and Spanish metal tile roofing. Sounds like a dream, right? It’s possible someone might pass up the opportunity to own this home out of fear the salty seawater would cause corrosion and rust.

Metal roofing technology has improved dramatically over the past 40 years. Current technologies include treatment, protective seals, and paint that make metal roofing resistant to corrosion.

Noise

We get it. The soothing sounds of rain drops falling upon a metal roof are not for everyone, but that does not mean metal roofing is not the right choice for you. When solid sheathing is installed underneath metal roofing material, the sound of rain is virtually undetectable.

Cell Phone Reception

Metal roofs do not cause cellphone reception interruptions. However, they may amplify existing disruptions. You have likely used your cellphone in a restaurant or shopping center with a metal roof, and have not been plagued with bad reception.

Complications arise when a metal roof amplifies disruptions from nearby utility towers. When an interruption interacts with a metal roof; a shield is created, blocking radio frequency (RF) signals that cell phones use.

While metal roofing systems may not appeal to everyone, it is clear to see that many benefits come with a metal roof. Whether you opt for a standing seam, slate or tile metal roof style, you can rest assured that you have made an economically, environmentally, and stylishly sound decision.

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