Learning All About Roofing Materials

Learning All About Roofing Materials

Energy Efficiency To Weather Resistance: The Benefits Of Metal Roofing

Beverley Hall

All a roof is supposed to do is shed precipitation, right? Wrong. A roof should also protect you from exorbitant AC bills and the threat of roof collapse due to a huge build up of snow. It should stand strong under the threat of gale force winds, and it should not ignite with stray sparks from your chimney or a forest fire. To put it another way, your roof should be durable and long-lasting so that your maintenance and repair costs stay low. Metal roofing may cost more to install than other choices, but it will help you save money in the long run. 

Energy Efficiency

During the summer, the UV rays of the sun rain down on your roof for most of the day. If you have an absorptive roofing material, such as asphalt shingles, your roofing will heat up and then radiate that heat into your home, which will cause your AC unit to have to work longer and harder to fight the heat. Metal roofing is naturally reflective, so it will deflect much of the sun's heat before it enters your home. In this way, a metal roof can decrease your energy costs by up to 15 percent.

Weather Resistance

Hail storms can crack wooden shingles and clay tiles. They can also puncture asphalt shingles. Metal, on the other hand, should be unaffected by hail. Furthermore, because metal is fastened to your roof with screws, it resists high winds better than other materials such as shingles, which can get blown off of your roof in a wind storm. If you live in an area that is prone to extreme weather, then you should make sure that your roofing is up to the challenge.

Fire and Ice

If you live in a wooded area, then you should be aware of the threat of forest fires when you purchase a roofing material. Both cedar and asphalt shingles can ignite with nothing more than a wind-borne spark. Metal, on the other hand, is impervious to spark showers. And if you life in an area that does not have a lot of forest but does receive a lot of snow, then metal is still the right choice. Unlike most roofs, which have a high-friction surface, metal has a low-friction surface, which will shed snow before it has a chance to build up on and collapse your roof. 

Metal roofing has many benefits that you can't get with the most common roofing material on the market, a.k.a. asphalt shingles. Although you would save money initially by buying asphalt shingles, metal roofing is low-maintenance, highly durable, can last for 35 years depending on the type of metal you choose, and will help to reduce your energy costs. Considering what you get, metal is well worth paying a little extra money. 

Contact a contractor from a business like BCI Metal Roofing to learn more about metal roofing options.


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Hi, I'm Dwight Eberstark. I am crazy about all of the different types of roofing materials available today. While upgrading the roof on my home, I looked into the material options in great detail. I studied all of the different metal materials used to create modern shingles. I also looked into switching to asphalt, wood or tile shingles. I eventually settled on bronze shingles designed to last for decades. Instead of aging, the bronze finish just continues to improve. I also switched to metal gutters that make a beautiful sound when the rain falls onto the surface. I would like to share my passion for roofing materials through this site. Thank you for coming by. Visit again soon.