Metal Roofing Materials Now Come In A Variety Of Options
When you tell people you are considering a metal roof, many people get the mental image of the farm house with an unsightly tin roof hovering over its barn. In the past years, metal roofing materials have made incredible forward progress to combine their extraordinary benefits as a building material with the eye catching appeal the standard homeowner is after. No longer just a solution for industrial buildings and barns, metal roofs now can be found in a variety of styles and colors.
Believe it or not, metal roofing materials are now available that replicate many of the traditional styles we’ve grown familiar with. Metal roofing can be purchased that duplicates the appearance of a slate or shingle roof. Some manufacturers have even gone as far as to embed their metal “shingles” with sand and stone, lending them to the most authentic look possible.
There are metal shakes that replicate the wooden shake roofs from the olden days and even clay tile to give an authentic Mediterranean or Spanish image. There are other designs available as well that can only be achieved with a metal roof, such as a standing seam metal roof that is popular with many architects due to its contemporary design characteristics.
Why a Metal Roof?
- It’s the most economical choice- Lasts a lifetime
- Beauty and durability that will last 2-3 times longer than an asphalt roof
- Maintenance free- No need to shovel off snow
- Helps increase your home’s re-sale value
- Many styles, patterns, and designs
- Save money on heating and cooling bills
- Less weight on your roof, yet strong and durable
- Highly resistant to fire, wind, and hail damage
It’s not simply about the image they produce, though. Metal roofing materials are now actually available that are energy star rated. Products in this category are in line with the Department of Energy’s movement to promote energy efficient products. These products take the natural reflective properties of metal one step further to increase its reflectivity of the sun’s rays. This helps lower the roof’s surface temperature and, in turn, the amount of energy it requires to cool your house.
It also acts to reduce the amount of energy lost in the winter months when you are trying to keep warm, reflecting heat back inside the home where it belongs. In the end, it is better for the environment, your home, and best yet, your pocket book.
Standing Seam metal roofing provides another advantage to the residential consumer. Water tightness and color selection are two significant advantages. Metal roofs also possess excellent impact resistance properties. When applying the discount to metal roofs, you must add an endorsement that excludes coverage for appearance loss caused by hail.
A metal roof is among the safest of all roofs because of its durability and non-combustibility. Because metal isn’t combustible, metal roofing is fire-rated as Class A. In fact, when wildfires rage through housing developments, often the metal-roofed homes are the only ones left standing. If you’re considering installing a metal roof in a new construction or retrofitting an existing building with a metal roof, understanding the fire ratings can help you make an informed decision about the roof.
When one of our crews come out to roof or re-roof your apartment complex, townhouse, condo or single family home, you can be assured that you are dealing with an expert crew. We specialize in your roof, regardless of the style and type.