Although metal roofing is clearly a superior product to asphalt shingles, not all metal roofs are made the same, and there are certain factors you need to be aware of when shopping for a new roof.
Let’s consider the basic benefits that metal roofing has to offer to homeowner.
First and foremost, metal roofs offer a longer lasting and far more reliable roofing alternative to asphalt shingle roofs. You can get as many as 35 to 100 years of Service Life from a metal roof. Compare it to only 12 to 17 years of Service Life from an asphalt shingle roof and a difference becomes clear.
Metal roofing is an environmentally safe building material. Metal roofs contain a significant proportion of recycled metal content. When the time to replace your metal roof, which may never be the case in the first place, metal roofs are fully recyclable and the recycled metal can be readily reused for other purposes.
Many modern metal roofs are rated by a cool roof rating council, which assigns cool-roof ratings to various metal roofing systems. A cool roof and an energy star rated metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which lowers the temperature of the roof and prevents the transfer of the heat inside the house.
By helping to lower the interior temperature of your home, metal roofs result in energy savings on your cooling costs. A reduced air conditioning load results in a cleaner and healthier environment.
Many metal roofing systems carry a class “A” fire rating, in which comes in handy in the area that is prone to forest fires.
Metal roofs are extremely durable and can withstand the hurricane winds with speeds of up to 110 miles per hour. In fact, there are some metal roofing systems rated for the wind speeds of over 150 miles per hour. This can be a very important factor in the hurricane prone areas. Consider that metal roofing costs far less than a concrete slab roof that some people opt for to find protection against hurricane winds.
Metal roofing systems are not only strong and durable, but also flexible in terms of expansion and contraction ability, which is necessary to accommodate for the rapidly changing temperatures. Unlike an asphalt shingle roof that is likely to crack due to a thermal shock, a metal roof is designed to expand or contract to mitigate the effects of thermal shock.
Metal roofing can be a great remedy against ice dams on the roof. Coated with especially designed coating, metal roof causes the snow to slide down the roof before it has a chance to form and build up to become an ice dam.
This, and a range of other reasons help explain why insurance companies offer significant insurance premium reductions for the homes with metal roofs.
Metal roofing features a great variety of colors and styles ranging from modern-looking standing-seam metal roofs, to easy to install metal shingles, and traditional Cedar Shake look alike metal shakes roofs that have non of the splitting of the shingles, cracking and discoloration problems.
Consider an upraised home value, and green building tax credit savings, and you will see why a metal roof is truly an amazing remodeling decision for a homeowner.