Metal Roofing for Your Home
An increasingly popular
alternative to traditional roofing materials, metal roofs are
lightweight, maintenance-free, fireproof, energy-efficient and
durable. In addition, they can be manufactured in any style desired.
Metal roofs last more than 30 years and often provide owners with a
discount on their homeowner’s insurance. Many metal shingles
provide a lifetime warranty.
Metal roofs can be
applied over old shingles, thus eliminating the cost of tearing off
old shingles. Other reasons why metal roofs are gaining in popularity
is that they are fast and comparatively easy to install.
Metal Roofing Materials
Both durable and
lighter weight, the two most common metal roofing materials are
painted aluminum and steel. These can be fashioned to look like tile
or slate, which is almost cost prohibitive because it is so rare and
difficult to find. Other metal options are copper and stainless
steel, but the cost of these materials is often beyond the budget of
Aluminum is gaining in
popularity because it doesn’t rust, is easily formed to look
like cedar shakes, tiles and slate, and because it deafens the sound
of rain hitting the roof. The simulated cedar shakes are the most
popular, particularly because they are amazingly difficult to
distinguish from real cedar shakes. Aluminum is also available in
many standard colors and in several energy efficient paint options.
In addition, most aluminum and steel roofs are painted with Kynar, a
dense, pure plastic.
Additional benefits of
metal roofing include the following:
- Completely seals out water
- Resist mildew, insects and rot
- Survive high winds
- Offer long warranties
- Minimize heat gain from sun’s radiant heat
- Often utilize a dead-air space between the metal and roof deck to increase energy efficiency
The only major drawback
is the steeper cost of installing metal roofing, which isn’t as
much the case for re-roofing. Another drawback, in some instances is
noise from rain or hail that can usually be controlled with materials
that provide a structural barrier that minimizes noise. Some metal
roofs will dent or become marred and others shouldn’t be walked
on because they dent or get slippery when wet.
An increasingly popular alternative to traditional roofing materials, metal roofs are highly durable and require little to no maintenance. Better yet, metal can be applied over old shingles, making it easier and less expensive to install. Here is some more information.
The price of installing a metal roof depends on the type and quality of the metal used, as well as the cost of labor. Steel costs $3-$7.50 per square foot, aluminum costs $7-$9 per square foot, and copper is the most expensive at $11-$12 per square foot—all including the cost of labor. Get a couple price quotes from licensed roofers to get a better idea of the cost.
Metal roofs are lightweight, maintenance-free, and can survive high winds.
They are fireproof and energy-efficient.
Metal roofs can be applied over old shingles, eliminating the cost of tearing off old shingles.
Metal roofing has a steep installation cost.
Noise from rain or hail can be amplified with a metal roof.
Metal roofs can dent and become a hazard to walk on, as they are slippery when wet.
Metal is an extremely durable building material, and therefore a great choice for roofing. They are expected to last more than 30 years and often come with a lifetime warranty.
The vast majority of metal roofing materials are maintenance free. You may want to consider applying a Polyvinylidene Fluoride to protect your roof from extreme weather conditions, chemical corrosion, and UV light. Other than that, your roof should be set for years to come.
Common Questions and Answers
What are some of the metals that are commonly used for metal roofing and what’s the difference between them?
Both durable and lighter weight, the two most common metal roofing materials are painted aluminum and steel. These can be fashioned to look like tile or
Why are metal roofs considered to be more energy efficient than other roofing materials?
Metal minimizes the heat gain from the sun’s radiant heat to keep homes cooler in the summer months. In addition, metal roofs often utilize the dead-air space between the metal and roof deck to increase the overall energy efficiency.
HistorySurprisingly enough, the first known metal roof was a copper roof built in 970 B.C. on a temple in Jerusalem. Metal roofing peaked in popularity when Robert L. Merwin & Co. began importing metal for buildings in the late 1800’s, making the material drop in price.
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