4 Features of Sheet Metal Roofing

  • Bruno Rice
  • December 2, 2017

The roof on your home plays an essential role in protecting the integrity of the rest of the structure and obviously keeps moisture from penetrating the interior of the house. Therefore, as a homeowner you probably do not want to spare much expense when looking at roofing options to ensure you get a roof that provides you with the protection you need.

While asphalt shingles have historically been the go-to option and remain popular today, sheet metal roofing has become an appealing choice. Composed of thin, flat metal sheets that cover the base of a house’s roof, this option can admittedly be more expensive but offers a homeowner many benefits that will certainly outweigh the costs.

1. Longevity

When choosing a roof, you want one that will last a long time without worrying about having to replace it. While asphalt roofing continues to be popular, these types of roofs last about 25 years before resurfacing needs to be considered. This is indeed an impressive life for a roof, but metal roofs are good for even longer. Metal roofs can last up to 100 years and many professional roofing companies provide warranties that are typically valid for 50 years.

While up-front costs for metal roof may be more than asphalt, you should not have to replace the roof even once in your lifetime, saving you significant costs in the long run.

2. Energy savings

As a homeowner you want to save as much as you can on energy costs since both heating and cooling can be extremely expensive. Metal roofs do not get as hot as asphalt shingles and reflect heat away from your home in the hotter months. This will allow you to cut down on cooling costs by up to 40 percent.

In the winter months, the metal of the roof acts as an insulator, preventing warm air in the interior of the home from escaping. Insulating air ducts that re-circulate the air into the home instead of allowing it to escape to the outside and periodic re-sealing of the metal will lead to substantial cost savings on heating of up to 15 percent during the cooler months.

3. Durability

When your home has an asphalt roof, shingles can tear, crack, peel, and blow off, leaving your home vulnerable to moisture and leaks in the interior. If you choose a metal roof for your home, it will not be susceptible to such issues that definitely require immediate attention. Metal roofing is resilient and can withstand high winds, rain, snow, and ice.

Since the surface of a metal roof is hard and slippery, it has proven to be effective in gradually shedding ice and snow. Fire, insects, and rot will also not be problematic for you as the metal is impervious to such threats that could easily harm a roof made of another material.

Your metal roof will be durable and resistant to many threats and you will also be able to save on house insurance as companies usually give discounts to homeowners with this type of roofing.

4. Easy install

Metal roofing is installed either in sheets or panels and professional roofing companies can install them usually much quicker than any other type. If desired, a metal roof can be installed directly over an asphalt roof meaning a company does not have to spend time stripping shingles before installation. This can allow you to save time and significant labour costs.

Installing the metal is much easier than laying asphalt shingles and in the off-chance you need to replace a portion of your metal roof, you can accomplish this with ease and in a timely manner.

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