Your roof shelters you and your family from the elements-and it safeguards your home and belongings as well. But if time or the elements have worn your roof down, you’ll need to replace it to preserve your home’s condition-and keep you and your loved ones safe.
As you explore different roofing materials to use, you come across metal roofing in your search. You may even start to wonder what makes this material such a good option for roofs. Below, we’ve listed the benefits of metal roofing so you can install a roof that provides you with the most advantages.
One of the best benefits of choosing a metal roof is its aesthetic appeal. Metal roofs can be made from different types of metal, so you can select a material that best suits your budget and personal taste. From copper and aluminum to tin and galvanized steel, you can install a metal roof that seamlessly matches your home’s architecture.
As you improve your home’s exterior with a new metal roof, you can add to your neighborhood’s aesthetic and charm as well.
Traditional asphalt roofs tend to last between 20 and 40 years. Depending on the materials used, a metal roof has a life expectancy of 40 to 70 years often twice that of asphalt! Since metal roofs are extremely durable, you won’t have to replace the entire roof as often.
However, just like your car, metal roofs can dent if large hail stones fall on them. If the roof becomes dented in some areas, you’ll have to replace the squares to keep your roof in optimal condition.
Since metal reflects heat from the sun, a metal roof prevents your home from absorbing too much heat during the warmer months. As a result, your home’s air conditioning system won’t need to work as hard to cool down your home. Additionally, you can add insulation in the space between the metal roof and your ceiling to improve your home’s energy efficiency in the winter.
Metal roofs are also made from recycled materials. In fact, between 25% and 95% of the roof is made from recycled components. A metal roof is also 100% recyclable, making it the best environmentally friendly material to use.
Metal itself is noncombustible, and it has a Class A fire rating (which means it’s the most fire-resistant material available). So if you use this material on your roof, you don’t have to worry about it catching on fire. However, the materials under your roof still pose a risk for fires.
For example, some materials (like wooden shingles) are more likely to catch on fire in intense heat. Rather than cover old shingles with metal, ask your roofing contractor to remove the old materials and replace the entire roof with metal squares. This step may cost more, but it will increase your roof’s class rating and reduce the risk of roof fires.
Less Risk for Leaks
Metal roofing squares are designed to interlock with one another. Additionally, metal is a hard, smooth material. Since snow will just slide right off the roof, you don’t have to worry about snow building up too much during the winter.
Water from melted snow and ice will also flow down the roof and into your gutters, so you won’t have to worry about a leaky roof either. And rainwater during the spring will also flow directly into your gutters, again reducing your risk for leaks.
Roofing contractors can also install metal roofs with a lower pitch than other roof types. A metal roof’s pitch rises about three inches for every horizontal foot. This gentle pitch reduces the likelihood that your roof will leak in the future.
Unlike traditional roofs, metal roofs are incredibly lightweight. For example, a tile roof weights up to 750 pounds per 100 square feet of material. In contrast, a metal roof weighs between 50 and 150 pounds per every 100 square feet. As a result of this lightweight feature, metal roofs reduce the total strain put on your home’s structural supports.
Because of its lightweight nature, roofing contractors don’t have to install additional roofing supports to hold the material’s weight. Since your contractor will spend less time working on your roof, you’ll also save more money on installation fees when you choose a metal roof.
As previously mentioned, metal roofing panels are designed to interlock with one another. This feature not only makes the roof impervious to water, but it also makes it highly wind resistant. In fact, metal roofs can withstand winds up to 140 miles per hour, reducing the risk for wind damage.
As you consider upgrading or replacing your current roof to a metal one, keep the benefits listed above in mind. For more information about roofs and roofing materials, visit the rest of our blog.