Wild Winter Weather Points To Wisdom Of Metal Roofing

No matter where you live in the United States, you're just coming out of a strange winter. If you live in the West, scarce rainfall and warm temperatures made you keep your fans at the ready. If you reside in the East, you spent weeks buried in snow drifts and parkas. It is a winter such as this one that proves the worth of an investment in a metal roof. With all bets off for future weather, you may want to consider one for your home as well.

Metal--really?

When you think of roof choices, metal may not be a choice that comes easily to mind. Wood, shingle, tile--these are the roof types that you would most likely consider. But metal roofs offer some distinct advantages, such as

  • Longevity. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years.

  • Weight. At 50-150 lbs per square--an area of 100 square feet--metal is more lightweight than tile (750 pounds) and concrete (900 pounds).

  • Fire resistance. Metal roofs don't burn.

  • Ease of installation. Because metal roofing comes in large sheets, it is more easily installed and/or repaired.

With these advantages, metal is clearly an excellent choice for your roofing material. However, metal becomes an even more attractive choice when you factor in weather.

Rain or sun, metal shines

Metal roofs shine in both hot and cold weather.

  • In cold weather, metal roofs keep heat inside your home, reducing your heating costs. Additionally, metal roof designs that facilitate snow melt at 30-40 degrees (F) mean you won't have snow build up on your roof. Homeowners with more traditional roofs faced roof collapses this winter after extremely heavy snowfalls.

  • In hot weather, metal is not the "hot tin roof" you might think. Metal roofs do not retain heat, so as soon as the sun moves behind a cloud or sets, the roof cools. Further, light colored roof designs reflect radiant heat. Other models provide "breathing space" between the roof and the roof deck, preventing heat from getting into your house.

There are some disadvantages to metal roofs. They are costly--two to three times more expensive than other roof types. Metal roofs can be noisy during a heavy storm. Also, if installation is not done with extreme conscientiousness, water can accumulate and damage your roof. However, because all weather bets seem to be off lately, metal may be the best choice to protect your roof for years to come. Contact a roofing company in your area for more information.

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