Benefits of Metal Roofing (Part 2)
Are you thinking about getting a new roof? Is your current roof beginning to show signs of wear and tear? Instead of replacing your existing asphalt shingles with new asphalt shingles, metal shingles may be a a better alternative for your home. Here are a some of the many benefits of metal roofing to be aware of:
Metal roofing weighs significantly less than asphalt roofing. On average, metal roofs weigh between 50 and 150 pounds per square, while asphalt shingle roofs typically weigh 400 to 500 pounds per square. That’s a huge difference! This means that with a metal roof, you won’t need to replace or reinforce your existing structure: Your home can handle the lighter weight of metal shingles.
Even better: if you already have a shingle roof, but would like to install a metal one instead, you can do so straight over the top of it—without all the mess and expense of tearing off the old material first. (Bear in mind that you’ll still want to get an inspection from someone who knows what they’re doing before installing anything.) As with any new roof installation, there will be waste produced during the process; with a metal roof installed on top of an existing one though, you’ll be able to avoid adding those old shingles to the landfill.
Toughness and stability are two words to remember when thinking about metal roofing. Metal roofing is Class A fire-rated, meaning it has the highest resistance to fire out of any roofing material. Class 4 ratings for impact resistance make your roof impervious to damage from hail and other objects.
It’s easy for people to think that a metal roof would send sparks flying into the atmosphere during a lightning strike or house fire, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, metal roofs are non-combustible—meaning they won’t catch on fire in direct contact with high flames or extreme heat—and resist heat transfer better than most materials.
The low-maintenance nature of a metal roof is one of the largest selling points. While asphalt shingles require constant maintenance to stay looking their best, metal roofs can last for decades without requiring any attention. The key to keeping your roof looking good as new is to clean it regularly and make sure that it isn’t being damaged by other causes (like fallen debris). The more time that you spend on maintenance, the less time you have to spend on things that matter.
Metal roofing is incredibly versatile, so it can complement any style. Metal roofing comes in many colors, shapes, and styles to suit any home or business, and no matter what design you choose, your metal roof will look great for years to come.