It is truly fascinating how many people are clueless when it comes to the basic understanding of metal roofing. Not long ago, I myself had a shadow of an old warehouse roof rusting in my mind. But now, after having been involved with metal roofing for 6 years I have developed a true appreciation for this roofing technology, and I would like to share some of the insights with you.
After reading these tips, you will get a better understanding, and appreciation of metal roof technology.
Metal roof has a higher risk of getting struck by lightning.
No metal roof does not increase the possibility of your house being struck by lightning. In fact, if your house does get struck, a metal roof will help to dissipate the charge, and because the metal is a noncombustible material, your roof will not catch fire.
The metal roof makes a lot of noise when it rains.
You might think of a cheap old metal roof above a warehouse that used to sound like a machine gun exploding when it rains. Modern metal roofs are usually mounted on plywood, solid sheaths, or on existing roofs. It won’t make more noise than an ordinary asphalt shingle roof. Oftentimes metal roof will be quieter than a nonmetal roof and will shield the noise from rain and bad weather.
Metal roofing costs a lot of money.
It may seem like it does, but it really does not! You may be surprised, but the metal roof will actually cost less than the asphalt shingle roof if you stay in your house long enough. Not only will it increase the value of your house, but it will also help you save money on cooling costs. Metal roofing can result in up to 50% savings in energy costs during summer months. And finally, a metal roof may well be the last roof you will ever have to install on your house. Ever! Provided that you get a quality installation from a quality metal roofing contractor. Learn from this hypothetical example of the cost of metal roofing vs the asphalt shingle roof, from a homeowner’s standpoint.
Metal Roof is susceptible to rust.
Modern metal roofs were built to last for decades. Steel metal roofs have a metal coating protective layer made with zinc or aluminum, which is bonded to steel and then painted with high-quality paint designed to withstand the toughest abuse from bad weather, and provide the desired color and looks that homeowners want.
Metal Roof is susceptible to dents.
Modern metal roofs are built to withstand years of abuse from bad weather such as hail, extreme wind, and snow. Hail will not sweep metal roofs, and very high winds are also no threat, because many modern metal roofing systems are rated for 120 mph winds. In fact, metal roofs perform very well in the middle of a storm. It is not unusual to see the metal roof with no damage, next to naked regular roofs that have lost all its shingles and plywood in hurricane.
You cannot walk on a metal roof without damaging it.
While you should definitely take all the necessary precautions before venturing out for a walk on your roof, metal roofs are completely walkable. I would recommend using running shoes such as Asics because they will provide good traction for your feet when on the roof. Avoid walking on your roof when it’s raining as you could easily slip and fall. Rule of thumb is to stay off the roof whenever its surface is wet.
Is Metal Roof Investment Good For Your Home?
The application of metal roofs in the housing industry is nothing new; however, metal roofs have come to a long way since the 50s and 60s during which metal roofs considered a dull metal cover that is used mostly in commercial and industrial buildings. Today metal roofs are quite stylish and come in various flavors. Their functionality as well as their style has increased.
However, many homeowners wonder if they will see a return on this expensive investment. The main question is whether the energy savings and durability of the metal roof will eventually pay for the upfront cost. To answer this question, the document clarifies some of the miss conceptions surrounding the installation of metal roofs and then explains under which conditions the full benefits of metal roofing are realized.
Metal Roof Installation
There is some misinformation about metal roofs that can easily cloud your judgment in regard to choosing the right type of roof for your home. One such myth is that anyone can easily install a metal roof. I recently came across an article stating that if you know how to hammer a nail, you can install your metal roof and save yourself thousands of dollars in labor cost. Although you can learn how to install a metal roof, just as well as you can learn any other skill, you should be aware that proper installation of metal roof requires as much talent and effort as installing another kind of roof.
Analyzing Various Benefits of Metal Roofs
No one should ever dispute the benefits associated with metal roofs, but they should look at these benefits in comparison with other types of roofs and consider the environment where one lives as well as the duration one intends to stay in the same house. To be sure metal roofs offer lots of benefits such as lightweight, energy efficiency, various designs, and durability. Another advantage with metal roofs is that it can be laid on top of the existing roof without the need to remove the existing roof which can lower labor cost. Let’s look at some of these benefits in more detail.
Cost Savings from Thermal Efficiency Is Not Equal for All Climates
Metal Roof coatings can reflect the sun rays and thus keep the house cool during summer. This Thermal efficiency can assist homeowners with lowering electricity bill. In many warm regions, this cost savings alone can pay for the upfront cost of the roof in about 8-15 years. However, it is worth mentioning that the thermal efficiency benefits of metal roofs are fully realized in high-temperature areas. If your home is in a cooler region, you will not benefit as much as if you lived in Florida.
A Second Thought about Style and Design
Today there are many types of roofs that are stylish. Even though you hear about style in roofing, it is important that you don’t make your selection purely based on style as your roof is not the most eye-catching part of your home. It is said that the majority of people are impressed more with the design of the kitchen, bathroom, interior, floor plans and exterior of the house than the style of the roof.
Labor Cost Are Not Much Lower
Even though metal roofs are quite light and can be installed on top of the existing roof which saves the homeowner replacement cost, it should be mentioned that this cost saving is countered by the additional cost of finishing which includes coating and painting the metal.
Among all the benefits stated earlier, the most important is durability. Metal roofs can last 50 or even 100 years if proper maintenance is carried out. According to the National Association of Home Builders, other types of roofs such as asphalt can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years if required maintenance is carried out.
Inc conclusion whether metal roofs are good investments depends on various factors such as the climate where your house is located as well as the duration you intend to live in your current home. Local regulations and incentives could also impact the answer to this question. In some states or provinces, insurance companies may lower your premium due to the fact that metal roofs are fire retardant. Some states may offer tax deductions for installing metal roofs, etc.
I hope that you enjoyed reading my metal roofing tips and that you have learned something new about metal roofing.
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