There has been a boom recently in the use of residential metal roofing. Over the last decade its use has quadrupled. Many homeowners choose metal roofing over more traditional shingles for a number of very important benefits.
Traditional Roofing vs. Metal Roofing
One of the major differences between metal roofing and more traditional types of roofing is found in its longevity. Asphalt roofing, for example, begins to deteriorate as soon as it is put on. It is vulnerable to weather and has a lifespan of twelve to twenty years, as opposed to the thirty to fifty year warranty which comes with most metal roofing. Wood shingles are not as long-lived either. Exposure to the elements can make them crack or curl, exposing the interior structure of your home to the weather when they do. On top of their shorter life span, traditional roofing requires more maintenance whereas metal roofing in Winder is virtually maintenance free. Its most likely maintenance need is to be hosed down once in a while and that can be done from the ground. Metal roofing is also:
- fire resistant
- resistant to mildew, rot and pests
- less vulnerable to weather and natural cycles
- lightweight and less stress on the overall structure of your home
- made of interlocking panels which offer maximum wind resistance
Environmental and Economic Costs and Benefits
Another aspect of metal roofing in which it performs in a superior way to more traditional roofing is found in its environmental footprint. Estimates suggest that almost twenty billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into landfills in the United States every year. Should it ever need to be replaced, metal roofing is 100% recyclable. It is also energy efficient and will help lower home heating and cooling costs. Some metal roofing, such as that offered by companies such as Superb Roofers, comes with a special coating which reflects radiant heat and can be easily integrated with most photovoltaic solar collection systems. Thanks to its longevity and durability, metal roofing can also reduce your homeowners’ insurance premiums.
One drawback to metal roofing is found in the initial cost, which is often higher than the cost of more traditional roofing. That upfront expense is offset by the long-term benefits provided by metal roofing, especially when you consider that a metal roof will likely last as long as your home does.