Metal roofing has become a more popular option in the recent years because of their durability and it’s resistance to fire. Much of the increase is using metal roofs on residential homes has occurred in areas with higher than normal fire risk. Metal roofs are often made up of coated steel or aluminum, however copper, zinc and stainless steel are also commonly used. The most common type of metal roof is called the standing seam roof made up of corrugated panels but also comes in styles that mimic wood shakes, clay tiles and slate roofs. Keep in mind that metal roofing are made from metals that can fluctuate in price enough that a price to replace a roof from one month to the next can change. If you want to use a metal roof on your home, pay attention to the material costs in the markets to know when the best time to buy is.
Benefits of a Metal Roof
Properly installed, a metal roof should last as long as the house, if not longer. Metal roofs do well sealing out water, with standing high winds, and easily shedding snow. Metal is also resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. The biggest risk to a metal roof is rust but this can easily be mediated with some basic care and maintenance.
Warranties vary widely, but most companies back their products for 20 to 50 years. Paint finishes typically have a 30-year limited warranty.
Compared to the weight of tile or concrete tile, metal roofing is much lighter. Because of the material’s light weight, you can save on engineering and building the supporting structure. In fact, if you’re building a house or an addition, you can often downsize or reduce the number of roof support members. Some types of metal roofing materials may be applied over an existing roof without the need for tear-off or additional structural support.
Because metal roof materials are noncombustible, they typically have a Class A fire rating (the most fire-resistant rating). Just be aware that part of a roof’s overall classification depends on materials beneath the surface that could ignite in intense heat, too. Most metal roofs applied over a combustible material such as wood shingles have a lower, Class C rating for this reason. Working with a roofing contractor the understands how to maximize the benefits of your metal roof is very important. If you are considering a metal roof our team is ready to assist you with your decision making process.
Easier to install.
Most metal roofing materials come in multiple-shingle sections or in 12- to 36-inch-wide panels. If your roof is stripped off and a storm is on the way, shortening the process by a day or two may offer a critical advantage.
Metal is excellent at reflecting heat from the suns rays minimizing what is know as heat “gain”. The resulting benefit is lower cooling costs in the summer because you’re A/C unit won’t have to work so hard. Metal itself is not a great insulator but combined with insulation with a good R-Value it can do very well insulating your home. In addition, many systems utilize a dead-air space between the metal and roof deck to increase energy efficiency.
Minimal roof pitch.
Most metal roofing materials can be installed on gently pitched roofs without leaking. Minimum roof pitch typically is 3-in-12 (the roof rises 3 inches for each horizontal foot).
Maximum shedding of rain and snow.
Metal roofing is practically impervious to rain and snow because of the way the panels interlock and because the surfaces are hard and slippery. In addition, dark tones of metal roofing quickly warm in the snow, encouraging snow melt.
Cost vs Investment
Metal roofing may have a higher cost than other roofing materials; however, your metal roofing will likely save you time and money in the long run. Compared to other roofing materials, metal roofing has a longer lifespan, requires only light annual maintenance, and reflects heat, making it more energy efficient. Depending on your plans for your home, this may make a metal roof a better long term investment.
Metal Roof Styles
Metal roofing comes in a number of styles, from the charm of wood shakes, the popular look of architectural shingles, the distinctive look of clay tile, to the traditional look of Standing Seam. Lets take a look at some of the styles.
Metal Wood Shake / Shingle Style
Wood Shake / Shingle style provides the charm of wood shake roofing without the problems of ongoing maintenance and eventual tear-off and replacement. While a beautiful roof style on the outside, this style’s real beauty lies beneath the surface. Usually made from aluminum, their interlocking panels, and concealed fastening give it the strength to withstand the test of time through even the most severe weather.
Metal Tile Style
Few roofs evoke such emotion as barrel tile roofs. A classic tile roof style, metal provides a distinctive look along with the proven benefits of metal roofing. The Tile Roof Style is available in a variety of colors, such as a Mediterranean or Traditional, and can be purchased in either a smooth or pebble embossed finish to match your preferred style.
Slate Shingle Style
The Slate Shingle style is a unique product that combines the proven design and integrity of a metal roof with the colors and texture of fine slate roofing. This style of metal roof offers a refined beauty and realistic coloring to match the more expensive and heavy slate roofing. This type of metal roof provides a stately beauty and a high-end, classic look for any home style.
Standing Seam Metal Roof
For property owners who want a traditional metal roof style, this is the style you are looking for. The standing seam panels are sized for residential applications whereas many other standing seam systems feature larger panels more suitable for commercial buildings. This style can be found in a wide variety of colors.