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How To Understand Your Metal Roofing Options

Metal roofing is a popular option for new construction and roof replacement projects. Metal roofing has unique characteristics and a reputation for performance and longevity. You can choose from zinc, tin, copper, aluminum, or galvanized steel. Here’s a list of the benefits of metal roofing.

Extremely Durable and Long-Lasting

Metal roofing is a far more durable and longer-lasting material for residential roofs. Most homeowners who opt for a metal roof will never have to worry about re-roofing their homes. A properly installed metal roof has an expected lifespan of 40-70 years backed by a 30- to 50-year manufacturer’s warranty. A roof made of copper can last well over 100 years.

Energy-Efficient

The expenses of a metal roof installation can be recouped from the savings in heating and cooling costs. Metal roofs reflect solar heat easily, minimizing midday heat absorption, especially during the long days of summer. This can reduce electricity consumption by as much as 25% because you won’t need to crank up the cooling systems during the day. Metal can also absorb much of the heat it does not reflect during the day but will quickly release it during the night. With a metal roof, you can earn up to 25 U.S. Green Building Council LEED credits.

Good for All Seasons and Climates

A metal roof can withstand nearly any type of weather conditions far longer than an asphalt roof. The roof can help prevent the accumulation of snow and ice, which means ice dams are not able to form. Snow can melt and slide off very efficiently, and rain can easily drain quickly. And because of the way the panels interlock, metal roofing is practically waterproof. Some metal roofs are made to withstand a hail storm without damage. Snow, ice, sun, or rain, a metal roof will remain weatherproof and attractive for a long time.

Low Maintenance

Most metal roofs require minimal maintenance. Maintenance generally involves cleaning the surface and the gutters and having professional roofers perform structural maintenance at least every 2 years. Metal roofs don’t corrode in the same way as other roofs. Some roofs decompose due to external conditions or crack from pressure, but metal roofs are secure enough to withstand these conditions. A metal roof won’t crack, crumble, break, split, or rot. What’s more, this roofing material is fire-resistant and typically has a Class A fire rating.

Environmentally Friendly

Made from recycled steel and aluminum and virtually recyclable by the end of its life cycle, a metal roof is a more sustainable alternative. Steel roofing can be recycled several times without losing its strength. When you have a metal roof, you can expect 30%-95% of it to be made of recycled materials. Compared to other materials which are sent to landfill every year, metal roofs greatly benefit the environment. If you’re looking for an option that will significantly reduce your carbon footprint, metal is a great option.

Ideal Surface for Solar Systems

Metal roofs provide an ideal platform for integrating solar electric or solar thermal renewable energy solutions. Solar systems can be installed on a metal roof penetration-free and with minimal risk. Initial installation is easier because the structure can easily be designed to support other materials and can be included with little to no risk to your roof’s integrity. The life expectancy of your roof will outstrip that of the solar system to generate cost-effective solar energy.

Increases Building’s Value

A contemporary metal roof can improve a home’s resale value by up to 6% when compared to roofs that are made with asphalt shingles. In the majority of the United States, a homeowner can recoup up to 95% of their costs on a metal roof.

Lightweight

Compared to the weight of high-end roofing materials like clay or slate, metal roofing is very lightweight.  Because of this property, you can save on building the supporting structure. In fact, you can even downsize or reduce the number of support parts when building a house or addition. Some metal roofing materials can be applied over an existing roof without having to tear it off or incorporate additional structural support.

Available in Different Styles and Colors

Metal roofing not only offers performance advantages, but it also helps improve a home’s curb appeal. With a wide range of styles and colors to choose from, you’re sure to find something that matches the exterior of your home. In addition, metal roofing can be formed into shapes to imitate other roofing materials, such as slate, tile, wood shingles, and shakes. Most are made from coated or painted steel or aluminum formed into realistic shapes so they can be hard to distinguish from the real thing.

If you’d like to learn more about installing a metal roofing system when reroofing or construction a new building, contact A-1 Property Services today! Our experienced Miami roofing contractors can answer your questions and help determine if metal roofing is the best choice for your home.