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Metal Roofing 101. New to metal roof and siding? Start here.

Commonly held belief: Metal roofing always costs significantly more than regular shingle roofing: Let’s take a look quickly into whether that’s really true or not.

Although initially you will probably pay higher amount for metal roofing than you would with regular roofing material, in the long run metal roofing can potentially pay for the difference through energy and potential maintenance savings (major factors include the climate, the surroundings of the house such as trees, and many other factors), as well as resale value. It is also widely held conventional opinion that metal roofs are beautiful and rugged, more-so than metal’s counterparts.

This makes metal roofs a no-nonsense investment for somebody who is looking for longevity, durability, great looks, and energy savings in their new roof.

What happens is that the higher price you pay for metal roofing initially gets off set by the increased value of the house, or building where metal roofing is installed. In addition to the increased value of your home you will also gain the following benefits:

A longer lasting roof

Hopefully you did your homework when selecting a metal roofing contractor, and you chose knowledgeable and skillful metal roof installers performing the installation of your metal roof. Modern residential metal roofs come with up to 50 years material and labor warranty. Think about how much money you will be saving considering that the average asphalt roof lasts only 20 or so years before needing replacement or maintenance of some form. Who knows how much a new wood and asphalt roof will cost in 2037, but you can imagine! Anodized, rust proof metal roofs are designed to last at least a hundred years.

A beautiful metal roof

We all love our homes, and with metal roofing our house can attain very desirable and sophisticated looks that could be the envy of the neighborhood! A great variety of metal roofing styles and choices will ensure that every homeowner can find something that they want in residential metal roofing.

Energy Savings to make up the initial cost

Did you know that meta roof can greatly decrease your air conditioning bill during the hot months of summer? One of the two significant energy saving features of metal roofing is that metal has higher reflectivity (albedo) properties, which allow it to reflect the heat radiation away from your roof, keeping your house cool and your energy bill low.

The other energy saving advantage is by helping to reduce the heat soak of an attic through emissivity, especially in the evening. Since metal has a high thermal conductive potential, your roofing will help transfer the pent up heat from your attic at night. After all, our monthly air conditioning costs can add up to a big chunk of money during the summer time. But don’t take our word for it, here’s the governments own Energy Star website:

“Emissivity can also contribute to a cool roof. In warm and sunny climates highly emissive roof products can help reduce the cooling load on the building by releasing the remaining heat absorbed from the sun. However, there is also evidence that low emissivity may benefit those buildings located in colder climates by retaining heat and reducing the heating load. Research on the benefits of emissivity is ongoing. Discuss reflectance and emissivity with your roofing contractor to determine what characteristics matter most given your unique climate. ” Source

Metal roof Government Tax credit

Even the U.S government will provide you with a tax credit incentives if you install the approved select energy star rated metal roof.

Now, information above is just common knowledge in regards to metal roofing. Hopefully it has cleared up and answered some of the general questions that you may have had.

Now let’s talk more in depth about metal roofing concepts which will help you make your decision

Many homeowners have heard about metal roofing before, but have very little idea as to what are the choices and options available to them.

Shed snow and help prevent ice dams

With a sealed metal roof that sheds snow better than shingles and proper ventilation, you can reduce your risk of ice dams in the winter, which can be serious problems to worry about in a winter home at higher elevations, like ones found in the Sierras and Tahoe area, speaking specifically to our service area.

Residential metal roofing materials:

Steel: This is the most frequently used metal roofing material today. Steel offers a great degree of durability in metal roofing. It is usually protected by a layer of zinc and aluminum alloy, which protects it from rust and corrosion. Most commonly used steel shingles would be galvanized steel such as G-90, which is sprayed over with Kynar 500, or Hylar 5000.

This type of galvanized steel offers a great degree of protection from corrosion and is known to last well over 30 years, in fact Tamko galvanized steel shingles, slates, and tiles come with 50 years material warranty, which shows the confidence this manufacturer has in their product.

Galvalume steel is another common type of steel metal roofing, it is commonly used in standing seam metal roofing panels that go over many commercial and residential roofs.

Steel has deserved its venerable, quality reputation as a metal roofing material of choice because of its excellent corrosion resistance and relative affordability. Almost nothing beats American steel.

Steel is structurally very rigid. Potentially, this can help protect your home from falling limb and wind damage, just a couple of factors your homeowners insurance should take into account when determining your rate.

Aluminum is another popular metal roofing material, which is corrosion resistant and is known to last over 50 years in professionally performed metal roofing applications. It is more expensive than steel, but it is very light weight and very popular among the homeowners.

Copper is perhaps the oldest type of metal roofing material that has been in use for a very long time and is known to last for over 70 years. In fact, it is said subjectively that copper gets ‘better’ with its patina as it ages. Copper is relatively very expensive and that’s why it is usually used in limited applications such as the the facial coverings of the windows. There are, however, complete copper roof systems that are available to be installed over residential properties. They come with a premium, but those who opt for copper are always people who want the best and are willing to pay for it.

Finally, keep in mind that even the best metal roofing system is worthless if it is not installed professionally, so above all, make sure that you do your homework and carefully investigate the prospective metal roofing contractors in your area. We provide fine metal roofs for the California Sacramento central valley and foothills area. So if you’re in our area,Northern California’s Central Valley give us a call today to discuss your options!

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