For Centuries, societies have used metal roofing in some way or another. Many historical landmarks have or had a metal roof. The romans often used copper roofing and many other cultures favored metal for their architecture. There’s a reason metal roofing has maintained popularity over the test of time. Once a sign of wealth and extravagances, metal roofing is now more accessible and cost-effective. Metal roofing may be a bit more expensive to install than asphalt shingling, but the investment saves money over time. Because it is easy to install, and lasts longer than asphalt, metal roofing is a smart and cost-effective choice. Other advantages of metal roofing are:
· Lowers energy costs
Metal roofing lowers the decreases the energy it takes to both heat and cool buildings. During the summer, metal roofing deflects the suns rays rather than absorbs. This helps insulates a building from the summer heat. Likewise, during the winter, a metal roof will deflect heat back down into a building and prevent heat from escaping into the cold outdoors.
· Requires less maintenance
Metal roofing needs very little maintenance. Beyond regular inspections, the only thing needed to take care of a metal roof is some cleaning as needed. Keep debris from cluttering your roof by knocking it down with a soft-bristled brush. Prevent branches or sticks from scratching the surface and exposing the metal to corrosion. Avoid ice dams. If you don’t damage your metal roof, and no natural disaster damages it, then it’ll likely last for 50+ years.
While asphalt roofing is sensitive to outdoor elements, metal roofing is much more durable. Asphalt roofing generally lasts 15-20 years. Metal roofing should last at least 50-70 years (longer than most people own a home). Metal roofing also typically comes with a 30-40 year warranty.
· Winter Installation
Asphalt roofing can only be properly installed during the warm summer months. This is because the shingles need the sun’s heat to seal properly. If not sealed properly, you risk leaks and other damages. Metal roofing, on the other hand, doesn’t rely on sealant, but instead relies on fasteners. This independence from sealant allows for installation anytime of the year—including the winter.
· Lessens carbon footprint
Every year, landfills receive billions of pounds of unwanted asphalt shingles. Metal roofing is typically 25%-60% recycled materials. Contractors can usually install a metal roof over a pre-existing roof. Plus, metal roofing enhances the efficiency of energy use by insulating heating and cooling. Over time, a metal roof can save money, save energy, and reduce waste.