Are you interested in making your home more energy efficient, adding a major design element that is both aesthetically pleasing and fire resistant, and never having to worry about replacing your roof again? Then you will want to consider a metal roof. Properly installed, a metal roof will likely last a lifetime, and require minimal maintenance. Here are just some of the advantages of a metal roof.
Longevity: As mentioned previously, a properly installed metal roof will likely last a lifetime, and require minimal maintenance. Metal is resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. It is also said to withstand the unpredictable nature of Mother Nature – be it heavy rainstorms, hailstorms, or snow. In a nut shell, a metal roof can make your home safe, even in the harshest environment.
Energy Efficiency: As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installation of reflective metal roofing can save you up to 20% in heating and cooling costs. Light-colored roofing materials can also make your home 50 to 60 degrees cooler in the summer. This allows you to cut back on air conditioning costs; thus saving you money.
Environmentally-friendly: Unmatched longevity, superior energy saving features, and endless recyclability make metal roofs the perfect choice for homeowners looking for environmentally-friendly products. Many metal roofs contain up to 40% recycled sheets, while the alloy, be it tin, aluminum, copper or galvanized steel is 100% recyclable. As a result of this recyclability, and their longevity, metal is rarely seen in landfills.
Fire Resistance: Metal is noncombustible. Because of this, metal is given a Class A fire resistant rating, which is the highest rating given in accordance with UL 790 standardized test methods. If a metal roof is being directly installed over another roofing material, which is every so often the case, the class of fire resistance may be lower depending on the type of material.