The norm for metal roofs was always associating them with barns, sheds, and just about anywhere else but your home. Not anymore! Metal roofing has gradually become the new trend to give your home a sleek, sharp look that traditional shingles cannot.
Residential metal roofing is mostly constructed with aluminum, steel, or copper material. Rolls of 24-to-26-gauge sheets of steel are applied with a metallic coating to prevent rust, then finished off with baked-on paint. Some materials do not require a metallic coating, such as aluminum. Copper is also usually left uncoated as well as unpainted due to natural corrosion from the weather.
Have a look below at some of the benefits of installing a metal roof:
FINISHES AND TEXTURES
Metal roofing products can be pressed into many sizes and shapes. They are typically installed with hidden fasteners for the interlocking metal panels. The curb appeal of a metal roof makes it appear as if the panels are traditional shingles. There are even panels coated with stone granules with additional acrylic to make the roof look less metallic.
Metal roofs with standing seams are simply long sheets of painted steel with vertical seams. Considering the perspective of design, standing seam metal roofing is very sleek with clean lines. This kind of installation will depend on your own taste as well as what best fits each house aesthetically. Many contemporary home builders use this style of roofing.
Stylistically, in comparison to other roofing materials, metal roofs are available in a wide array of textures, colors, and styles. Metal roofing can aesthetically improve your curb appeal. For instance, since copper naturally corrodes, the material changes color, progressively adding character to your home over time.
ADVANTAGES TO OTHER MATERIALS
There are several advantages to installing a metal roof in comparison to some of the traditional materials. Let’s explore some of those advantages below:
- Lightweight: Believe it or not, metal roofing is about a quarter of the weight of a tile roof, and around half the weight of asphalt shingles.
- Durability: Metal roofing is proven to handle tough storms, like hailstorms and strong winds. Let’s not forget all the snowfall during the Michigan winters! The best part of a metal roof is its longevity. Metal roofing can last up to three times longer than traditional asphalt shingle roofs.
- Lower maintenance: With seamless installation, and especially if you opt for standing-seam roofing, metal roofing requires little-to-no maintenance. Traditional asphalt shingles can break, tear, rip off, or whatever else, especially due to storm damage.
- Energy-efficient: Metal roofs are proven to be among the most energy-conscious types of roofing material. In addition to reflecting substantial heat from the sun, homes may see up to 30 percent of savings on air conditioning costs.
- Moss and fungi proof: In comparison to asphalt, metal roofing is entirely unaffected by the growth of moss, fungi, and mildew. These are all common bacteria proven to progressively deteriorate impermanent roofing made from traditional asphalt, wood, and cedar shakes.
- Wildlife and animal proof: Especially for our customers in heavily wooded areas, we recommend a metal roof to prevent wildlife from entering your home through the roof. Raccoons, rodents, squirrels, and other critters can rip and eat their way through a traditional material like wood. But, not through metal! Metal is a surefire material to keep them out.
MYTHS ABOUT METAL ROOFING
Since metal roofing comes with a stigma – like it’s only used for barns – we thought we would squash some of the myths with metal roofing. Since it has gone through many manufactural changes over the years, metal roofing can seem like a disadvantage. But it isn’t! Here are some typical myths about metal roofing:
- Lightning strikes: It will increase the likelihood of a lightning strike. This is wrong! Metal might conduct electricity, but your home is under just as much risk as a traditional roof. Since your home is built into the ground, lightning strikes are few and far between.
- Metals roofs cannot absorb sound: During a thunderstorm, you will be annoyed by the constant rainfall or hail noise. Not a chance! Metal roofing is very durable; therefore, it absorbs more sound than you think. You may even notice your home is even quieter during a thunderstorm with a metal roof.
- Hail damage is a concern: Taking from the last point, hailing is going to damage your roof regardless of what material you decide to put up. Being that it is durable, metal roofing can take a punch or two from a hailstorm. With textured roofs, minor hail damage is usually visible from afar.
- Metals are cold in the winter: A metal roof has no effect on altering the temperature of your attic in the winter. This has everything to do with your insulation and its condition, not your roof. Snowfall may not stick for very long on a metal roof, especially if you have a sleek standing-seam style on your roof.
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