You saw steel roofs on barns, but how frequently did you see them on residential property? It’s very likely that you’ll see them all over the country a lot more. Despite wildfires, hurricanes, hail and other extreme conditions destroying homes, more and more homeowners are taking advantage of the metal roofing advantages.Learn more about us at Metal Roofing
According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), steel roofing installations have more than doubled in the last five years and will continue to rise 15 percent per year. There is no more material able to protect a home from severe weather conditions.
Metal Roofing Benefits § Durability A metal roof will last at least 2-3 times longer than an asphalt roof, or 40-60 years. Metal is virtually immune to the unsightly mildew stains, which often grow on asphalt shingles, in dry, humid Southern states. A metal roof properly installed will not leak or rust, and can withstand wind gusts of up to 140 miles an hour.
Shane Scott, a LaGrange, Georgia, real-estate developer is renovating and reselling older homes. In 2000, he designed a metal roof for his own home and was so pleased with it that he ordered metal roofs for all the homes he has since restored.
“As buyers consider a home, they’re still worried about the roof quality,” Scott says. “For metal, they realize they will not have to do anything to it for at least 50 years. With an asphalt roof, they will have to repair it within 15 to 20 years.” § Protection Most metal roofing systems have passed UL 2218 impact resistance testing at their most extreme standard, Class IV. As a result, homeowners in hail-prone states who choose metal roofing will qualify for discounts on their premium insurance.
Ed Parker, a former Sharpsburg, Georgia homeowner agrees. “Over the years, we’ve been through two or three asphalt roofs on our home and they’ve discolored and torn off during wind storms, or leaked because of hail storms,” Parker said. “Steel is much more durable.” § Environmentally friendly The National Homebuilders Research Center reports that 20 billion pounds of asphalt roofing are taken every year to landfills. The durability of metal reduces the need for regular repairs to the roof. Better still, it can be laid over the current roof, reducing the shingle removal costs and land-fill fees. That can be recycled if a metal roof is ever removed.
According to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), steel is the best choice for “natural” buildings, where the goal is to reduce or eliminate chemical substances. Steel is not susceptible to insects, mold or rot as compared to wooden shakes or some other conventional materials. Therefore insecticides or other hazardous chemicals are not needed to be applied.
§ Energy Efficient Time-tested metal roofs save energy and reduce the cost of cooling up to 40% depending on the location, says the MRA. The advent of new, energy-saving reflective paints has revolutionized the residential roofing industry.
Although asphalt and cedar shingles absorb heat, the new cool pigment technology can reflect as much as 85% of the radiant energy of the sun. Now the “cool” qualities are reached even in dark colours. An Energy Star roof will remain on its surface up to 100 degrees cooler than other roofs, therefore less heat is transmitted into the house.
Having installed his metal roof, Wilmer Dykes, a homeowner from Cochran, Georgia, noticed a drop in his energy bill of at least 25 per cent. Getting his old roof over his house, Dykes claims, helped save money. “We created an air pocket between the two roofs by building the new metal roof over it, which gave us an extra layer of insulation,” he said.