Metal roofs might seem modern, but they have been used for centuries. Many of the most ancient buildings in Europe feature metal roofs. In fact, a lot of these architectural innovations were imported into the "new world." For instance, the first rolling mill in the United States featured iron. And many of the first roofs constructed centuries ago were made from metals like copper.
Is a Metal Roof Right for Me?
Metal roofing might be the right choice if your home features a steeply pitched roof. The "pitch" in this sense denotes the angle of your roof, and roofers express this angle as a ratio, such as 5:12. These numbers express the relationship between the vertical height of your roof and its horizontal length. In the 5:12 example, such a roof would extend upward five feet for a dozen feet of length.
Lower Carbon Footprint
Aside from having a stepped roof, you might want to consider a metal roof if you're concerned about the environment and saving money on cooling and heating. Metal roofs avoid the pitfalls of other materials, which can be hard on the environment. They will lower the heat signature of your home compared to metal roofs as well.
A reputable roof remodeling contractor will tell you that the manufacturing process with metal roofing has a much lower carbon footprint than other materials. Metal roofs are often cheaper to manufacture and install due to materials used. In fact, many metal roofs can be installed over your existing roof. You can install a metal roof on your home's existing roof or at your workplace to extend the roof's lifespan. How? Metal roofs lead to less stress on your home or workplace building.
Asphalt shingles or other weaker materials can bake in the sun. The heat gain and UV radiation can lead to shingles that crack, get too dry, or flake off. Metal roofs, on the other hand, reflect the sun's punishing rays, which leads to fewer cooling costs in the sweltering summer months. A metal roof is far less likely to succumb to leaks and wind damage, especially compared to shingles. The material itself is more durable and constructed from larger pieces.
Metal roofs will be able to handle the rigors of even the most extreme climates. High heat and high winds are not much for metal roofs. Whereas shingles might fly off, metal roofs will be able to handle high winds and storms. There's a misconception out there that metal roofs are more susceptible to lightning strikes, but there's really no evidence to support this notion. Lightning seeks out a direct path from the ground far below the roof, and your metal roof won't be grounded!
Metal roofing is:
- Easy to Install
- Environmentally Friendly
- Energy Efficient
A metal roof is much less likely to buckle under the pressure or impact from falling debris. Less durable roofs may need to be replaced every fifteen or twenty years, but metal roofs can last for a half-century or more depending on the materials used. Metal roofs can withstand winds up to 140 miles per hour and will not ignite due to lightning (very unlikely) or debris from wildfires.
If you're looking for construction professionals who understand what goes into a good remodeling project, then contact the roof contractors at Massbur Contractors!