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A Solid Choice For the Roof Over Your Head

There’s a new trend in upscale home building: Metal Roofing! Here’s why the trend is gaining momentum.

Properly designed and installed metal roofs can last a lifetime, whether tile or panel. Benefits of metal don’t stop there. It is important to point out first and foremost that metal roofs are highly customizable, far more so than competing materials! The results of gathering data are in: Resale value of metal roofed houseswill be higher than others. Buyers will appreciate the aesthetics, reliability, and protection the metal roof provides, and will show that appreciation in their opening offer. Add to that the fact your buyer may be purposefully seeking out a metal roof will give you significant bargaining power: So if you ever decide to part ways with your home, sleep better knowing may sell faster or for more than even you were hoping!

Protection equals savings on insurance. Most metal roofs systems are designed to withstand UL 2218 Impact Resistance testing at Class IV (the most extreme class). The U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 allows for a tax credit for homeowners who install qualified energy-efficient improvements to an existing home, including metal roofs that meet the Energy Star program requirements.

The phrase “Metal is much more durable” is accepted as fact.

An estimated 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are sent to landfills in the U.S. alone every year, an almost unfathomable number and amount of waste. That number is not surprising seeing as how the NAHB found the average asphalt shingle roof lasts just twenty years. Just thinking about how much waste could be saved every year makes stainless metal that much more reasonable! Better still, if you were so inclined, metal can be laid over existing shingle, making removal and landfill fees unnecessary. And if a metal roof is ever removed (or individually replaced panels) can be recycled domestically.  Aluminum metal roofs are manufactured with up to 95% recycled post-consumer metals.

According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, steel is the best choice for green building where the goal is to reduce chemical substances being immune to rot and insects!

Saving money on electricity is also a perk of having a metal roof, having high thermal emittance (to cool down rapidly at night) and higher reflectivity; modern pigments in metals can be both dark and highly reflective of thermal radiation (sunlight). This means your attic will both be slower to heat up in the summer days and quicker to cool down in the summer evenings.

Wikipedia agrees: “For building products, thermal emittance measurements are taken for wavelengths in the infrared. Determining the thermal emittance and solar reflectance of building materials, especially roofing materials, can be very useful for reducing heating and cooling energy costs in buildings. Combined index Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) is often used to determine the overall ability to reflect solar heat and release thermal heat. A roofing surface with high solar reflectance and high thermal emittance will reflect solar heat and release absorbed heat readily. High thermal emittance material radiates thermal heat back into the atmosphere more readily than one with a low thermal emittance.”

To save the very most on cooling, you may even consider creating an air gap over your existing roof that shields your attic from the extreme heat daily. With a new metal roof and air gap you can further those cooling savings to their logical maximum!

All this durability and protection lends itself to one more perk: lower maintenance. A good metal roof simply won’t crack, peel, rot, split, lose impact resistance or lose sections from wind. With shingle roofs it is exceedingly urgent to catch leaks and problems immediately before the wood of the structure and roof begins to literally rot away, with metal roofs, your anxiety will be lower. Perhaps you, an able bodied homeowner can perform inspections yourself once a year, clearing the roof of accumulated leaves or other debris and checking roof top ancillaries and air conditioners to ensure that they are properly drained and supported. These basics are recommended for all roofs regardless of material, but are more critical for shingle roofs the wetter the climate!

If you are still on the fence, consider the pros of a metal roof in your decision. Weigh the fact that it will last longer than the alternatives foremost. Factor in the beauty, protection, cost savings in energy and maintenance, higher resale value and practicality when making your choice!

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