Metal roofing for homes has become more and more popular, especially now that it is available in so many different styles and finishes. No longer the ‘barn roof’ style of the past, this style of roof has become flexible and attractive… and the prices have become more affordable than ever.
But metal also has a number of benefits over traditional roofing materials. Namely, it is safer and more durable than any other roofing material out there. And in this age of increased environmental awareness, metal used as a roofing material has proven itself to be more energy efficient, which is not only good for the planet but for your utility bill as well.
1. Life Expectancy
The cost of this sort of roof is easily recouped by its life expectancy. Properly installed, they will last as long as your house does… and maybe even longer! Metal resists weather and other elements that can cause severe damage to a conventional roof. When you install this type of roof, you are sealing out rain, snow and standing water. And of course, metal does not rot, and resists mildew, fire, and insects.
Metal has a Class A fire resistance rating because it is non-combustible. However, if you install it overtop of wood shingles or other combustible material, the rating may be lower.
This kind of roof is quick and easy to install, and generally takes one or two days less time to install than traditional roofing materials do. Not only will this save you time and cut the cost of metal roofs overall, it is a huge benefit if you live in an area that experiences a lot of inclement weather. If you’ve got your roof off and a storm is brewing on the horizon, you’ll be able to get your new roof on in time to beat the storm. If you are not a do it yourself type, then there are metal roofing contractors that specialize in installing this type of roof.
Metal is much lighter than traditional roofing materials. Concrete tile, for example, tips the scales at around 900 lbs per every 100 foot square, and regular tile weighs in around 750 lbs per 100 foot square. Metal, on the other hand, generally weighs anywhere from 50 lbs to 150 lbs per 100 foot square. Some kinds of metal roofing can be installed right overtop of your existing roof, without needing any additional structural support or any tear-off. If you are adding on to your home, or building your own home, using metal often means you can use fewer roof support members.
4. Roof Pitch
If you have a roof with a gentle pitch, you can use metal and not have to worry about any leakage. The general rule of thumb is that the minimum pitch for metal roofing for homes is a three inch rise for each horizontal foot (3-in-12 pitch).
5. Energy Efficiency
If you’re trying to cut down on your utility costs, metal roofing for homes will help. Why? Because metal will reflect the radiant heat from the sun, and keep heat gain to a minimum… and keep your home cooler. If you use a dead-air space between the metal and the roof deck, you can further this effect and increase the energy efficiency from your roof. This also helps you recoup the costs of your installation over the long term.