Replacing a roof on your home is a major expense, and you want to get the most bang for your buck, by installing a roof that offers the best investment in terms of protection, durability, longevity, energy efficiency, and style. It turns out that metal roofing is one product that can meet your expectations, offering by far the most benefits for its cost, than any other popular roofing material.
Benefits of metal roofing:
A Metal roof is a lifetime roofing material, and you can expect a new metal roof to easily outlast your house (when installed correctly). Even the galvanized steel metal roof, which is usually warranted for 50 years, will usually last well beyond its warranty period, unless it is subject to corrosion due to external sources/causes, such as salt-air environment or mixing of different, incompatible metals, such as copper, aluminum or zinc.
The main benefit of a metal roof is that it is made out of the most durable roofing materials available, and metal does not deteriorate with age, unlike asphalt shingles. A metal roof will not be susceptible to corrosion, rotting, or termite damage. Sun’s UV rays have no effect on a metal roof’s performance, with the exception of the paint fading, which happens rather slowly and gradually, and goes virtually unnoticed for metal roofs coated with Kynar 500 / Hylar 5000 coating.
Metal roofs are light weight, and do not require any special framing to support the weight of a roof system. An average metal roof weights 50-80 lbs. per 100 square feet, or one roofing square, compared to 250 lbs for asphalt shingles and as much as 800 lbs for slate or tile roofs. Due to the low weight of a metal roof, they can easily be installed over existing shingles, which will further reduce your roof installation price. However, there are some exceptions, which we will discuss bellow.
Metal roofs are Cool Roofs by nature, as they do not store solar heat, and unlike asphalt shingles, quickly cool down as soon as the sun goes down. When coated with “Cool Roof” coating, metal roofs will qualify for a $1500 cool roof federal tax credit.
Metal roofs shed ice and water and are a natural solution for ice dams problems and related roof leaks. Although Ice Dams are more than just a “roof problem”, nearly every asphalt shingles roof will be subjected to ice dams, no matter how well it is ventilated and insulated. Metal roofs prevent ice build up, as any snow and ware will slide off a metal roof. Even when ice build up occurs on a metal roof, continuous vertical panels and interlocking metal shingles design will not let the water back up under the roof and leak inside your house.
Metal roofs work well in a wide range of environments and are able to offer protection against virtually all inclement weather situations. They protect against wild fires, because they are noncombustible. Metal roofs carry a 140 mph wind resistance and uplift rating, which means you will not have to worry about your roof being blown off in case a hurricane strikes. Metal roofs offer superior performance in areas that get hit with snow and ice storms and hail, as they shed snow fast, prevent water from seeping into your home and resist hail impact.
If you care about the environment and what your home to leave the least carbon footprint, that a metal roof is right for you. Metal roofing is by far the only truly green roofing material in the industry because it is not manufactured from petroleum based products, such as asphalt shingles, it is manufactured from at least 25% recycled content, and its 100% recyclable at the end of its service life and will not have go into a landfill. Such is not the case with asphalt shingles roofs: millions of asphalt shingles roofs are dumped into landfills every year, creating a hazardous situation for our environment.
The good news is that when you install a metal roof, you will not need to landfill your old asphalt shingles roof, as in most cases a metal roof can be installed right over it. Also, because metal roofing lasts at least 2-4 times longer than an asphalt shingles roof, which has to be replaced every 12-20 years, you would be saving a tremendous amount of energy and resources by installing a lifetime metal roof.