The Benefits Of Metal Roofing

The Benefits Of Metal Roofing

Choosing a new roof for your home can be a bit overwhelming, especially considering the many types of roofs. When selecting a roof, you’ll want to consider more than just the price. Some other things to consider are the size required for installation and the type of material you want. After all, you’ll want to make sure the roof you install will do a good job protecting your home against the elements and will last for years to come. One type of roof you should take into consideration is metal roofing. The following are some of the benefits and tips to consider for metal roofing.

Metal roofs are built to last.

One of the most recognizable benefits of metal roofing is its lifespan. Metal roofs are usually listed as one of the top benefits. Compared to traditional asphalt shingles, metal is far more durable and long-lasting. When properly installed and maintained, a normal metal roof can last anywhere from 25 to 50 years. If you opt for higher-end metal roofs, such as field-locked standing seam and aluminum shingles, they could last over 50 years. One made of zinc or copper can last well over 100 years.

Metal roofs are lightweight.

Another benefit to metal roofing is its lighter weight compared to other modern roofing styles. Traditional roofing materials, like concrete, are much heavier. Concrete can weigh up to 900 pounds per square compared to metal, which typically weighs 150 pounds per square. The lighter-weighted material makes the installation process easy and helps you save on installation costs.

The Benefits Of Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are environmentally friendly.

Metal roofing has proven to be more environmentally friendly. Traditional asphalt shingles are petroleum products, which increase dependency on fossil fuels. In addition, they need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years. This further multiplies the impact of the asphalt shingles on the environment as they continue needing updates. Metal roofs, on the other hand, are considered a more sustainable alternative for several reasons. Metal roofs are 100 percent recyclable. They also typically consist of recycled materials themselves, making them a very efficient material. Some metal materials, such as steel, can be recycled repeatedly without losing their original strength. Metal roofing also provides an ideal platform for homeowners who want to embark on various eco-conscious initiatives, including solar panels and systems for harvesting rainwater.

Metal roofs are energy-efficient.

Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat instead of absorbing it, which can help you save high costs in heating and cooling bills, especially during the long summer days. It is said that metal roofs could help owners reduce cooling costs by as much as 25 percent. Furthermore, some metal roofing comes coated with unique reflective pigments to minimize heat gain, keeping habitats comfortable without having to crank up the air conditioner.

Metal roofs are suitable in any climate.

For those who live in heavy snowfall and rainy areas, this is one of the best benefits of installing metal roofs. The surface of the metal sheet is naturally hard and slippery, making it hard for environmental conditions like snow and water to grip. In addition, if you choose to install dark tones of metal roofing or apply a PVDF coating, it further enhances the benefits of your metal roof. Dark tones of metal roofing warm to the sun faster, encouraging snow to melt and slide off the roof quickly. The PVDF coating helps to reflect more sunlight, encouraging HVAC performance. In areas with heavy snowfall, having the snow come off easily on your top is a significant benefit, reducing the weight on your home. Metal roofs also can cool quickly in a process called Emissivity. After your roof is exposed to extreme heat in summer, the roof will reflect the radiant heat and transfer it. 

With energy-efficient metal roofs, your roof will be cool to the touch after the sun goes down, allowing your AC unit to take a much-needed breather resulting in lower cooling costs.

Metal roofs are stylish.

Today’s metal roofs come in a variety of options and colors that really let homeowners get creative with their designs. Materials come in various selections, such as tin, zinc, aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel in multiple colors, finishes, and even shapes! Steel and aluminum, the two most common metals used in residential roofing, are designed to hold paint finishes well. Their variety surpasses that of the much more conventional asphalt shingle. While asphalt might offer 15 to 20 different types, modern metal roofing comes in more than 100 colors, including standard, premium, and custom hues.

Many homeowners enjoy metal roofing for its seemingly infinite amount of style options. Homeowners living under metal roofs can design—their roofs in any style, whether more conventional or modern. Fans of more traditional profiles can opt for a metal shingle manufactured to resemble wood shakes, slate or clay tiles, or other designs. The metal doesn’t have to stand out like a sore thumb to do its job; instead, it can mimic nearly any look using multiple-layer factory finishes that ensure the appearance is beautiful, long-lasting, and durable.

Metal roofs are moss and fungus-proof.

One of the most beneficial features of a metal roof is its resistance to moss and fungus. Wood and asphalt shingle roofs have a shorter lifespan because they are prone to mildew, moss, and fungus. But with metal, you are free from all those fungal attacks. Besides that, a metal roof protects your home from rodents, pests, raccoons, and wild animals, which can help you save on extermination costs and any potential damage that they could’ve caused.  

The Benefits Of Metal Roofing

Get the roof that’s right for you. 

Now that you have learned some of the benefits and advantages of owning a metal roof, perhaps you’ll consider installing one next time when making updates around the house. When you’re ready to install your next roof, Pinnacle Roofing is always ready to provide expert service and efficient timing for all your roofing needs. Please give us a call when you think you are ready to install your next roof.