Metal roofing has dominated the industry since it was invented in 1957. It’s durable, long-lasting, and easy to install. Today, metal roofing accounts for nearly 30% of all new roof installations.
Here’s everything you need to know about metal roofing.
1. Metal roofing does not attract lightning
The Metal Construction Association recently published a technical bulletin titled “Metal Roofing Does Not In Any Way Increase the Risk of a Lightning Strike.” This document contains information about the history of metal roofing, how lightning works, and what makes metal roofing attractive to builders.
According to the bulletin, metal roofs do not attract lightning because lighting seeks a path to earth. Trees, telephone poles, and similar objects provide a path to the ground, making them attractive targets for lightning. Because metal roofs are insulated and do not conduct electricity, they cannot act as a path to the ground. Therefore, metal roofs are “isolated structural components with no direct path to earth inherent in their design.”
In addition, metal roofs are much less likely to catch fire than traditional roofing materials like wood shake or tile. If lightning strikes a metal roof, the roof is unlikely to burst into flames.
2. Metal roofing can be more cost-effective
Because metal roofing lasts so long, it can save money over time. According to the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), the average lifespan of a residential roof is 20 years. A typical asphalt shingle roof will last only 10 years. The NIBS estimates that replacing an old roof costs $10,000-$15,000. Replacing a roof with metal roofing could cost anywhere from $4,500 to $6,000.
3. Metal roofs are not noisy when it rains
The rain noise from a metal rooftop is similar to that of traditional asphalt roofs. However, there is one major difference: Metal roofs don’t leak. They’re built to withstand heavy weather conditions, including wind and hail damage. This makes metal roofs ideal for homeowners looking for long-lasting protection against the elements.
4. A metal roof can increase your home’s curb appeal
Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners looking for ways to improve the appearance of their homes. While traditional asphalt shingle roofs are still very common, modern metal roofing is gaining popularity because it offers many benefits over traditional materials. If you want to make sure your house stands out from the crowd, consider installing a metal roof.
5. Metal roofing provides long-term value
Metal roofs provide homeowners with a number of advantages over traditional roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles. These include:
• A Lifetime Warranty: Metal roofs are guaranteed against leaks and warping for up to 50 years.
• Better Insulation: Metal roofs are typically 15% warmer than asphalt roofs during cold weather.
• Lower Maintenance Costs: Metal roofs require less maintenance than asphalt roofs.
• More Durable: Metal roofs can withstand heavy winds and hail without tearing or cracking. They also resist fading and rust better than asphalt roofs.
6. Metal roofing is sustainable and environmentally-friendly
Metal roofs are made from recycled metals, which means they use fewer resources than traditional asphalt roofs. In addition, metal roofs release only small amounts of harmful emissions into the air. Because metal roofs are recyclable, they help protect our environment by reducing the amount of waste going into landfills. Metal roofs also last two to three times longer than traditional roofing materials.
7. Metal is one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials
Metal roofs are known as one the most energy-efficient rooftop materials on the market because of how efficiently they reflect heat away. While traditional asphalt roofs absorb heat and radiate it throughout the building, metal roofs act as a mirror reflecting heat upward. This reflects heat out of the building, keeping it cooler than it otherwise might be.
In addition, metal roofs are highly durable, lasting longer than asphalt roofs. They don’t crack or peel as asphalt does. And unlike asphalt, metal doesn’t require maintenance. Once installed correctly, metal roofs don’t need to be replaced.
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