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Metal Roofs are Growing in Popularity

| May 1, 2017

Choose an investment grade metal roof that meets strict industry standards for the metal substrate as well as the coatings used to protect the roof. This qualityroof is made by Isaiah Industries. (Photo - Metal Roofing Alliance.)

Choose an investment grade metal roof that meets strict industry standards for the metal substrate as well as the coatings used to protect the roof. This qualityroof is made by Isaiah Industries. (Photo – Metal Roofing Alliance.)

They Have Several Advantages For Homes In The South

With the new year, homeowners are looking to new trends as they make home renovation plans. The roof is the biggest design element on a home and probably the most important.

Metal roofs are growing in popularity and are poised to make a big impact in 2017. And we don’t mean on the barn out back. Here are four reasons why metal roofs are becoming trendy for homes:

  • According to designer Jonathan Adler’s recent interview with The Washington Post, metal is going to be big for interior design, which means more people are noticing its charm. Why not upgrade the exterior charm to metal as well?
  • Joanna and Chip Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper are insanely popular and have repeatedly used metal roofs in their renovation projects – a detail avid fans and the “renovation generation” will surely notice.
  • Sustainability has been a hot topic in building and home design and will be even more popular in 2017. No other home product, besides metal roofs, has a decades-long warranty, and are both eco-friendly and energy efficient.
  • Expansion of paint colors, styles and customization options allow for metal roofs to complement any home design, letting consumers choose a truly unique look for their home.

Reasons to Have a Metal Roof

A Valuable Investment: While the initial cost for a premium metal roof is higher than most other roofing materials, you’ll save money in the long run. A metal roof can last a lifetime, whereas materials like asphalt require reproofing every 10 to 20 years. A metal roof can also increase the resale value of your home. In some states, like Texas, a metal roof can even lower your homeowner’s insurance by 35 percent.

More Long Lasting: The average life of a non-metal roof is 17 years. Asphalt can require re-roofing every 10 to 20 years, often sooner. But a metal roofing system offers unmatched durability, lasting two to three times longer. Chances are good that a metal roof will be the last roof you ever install on your home.

More Beautiful Variety: No matter what kind of roofing style, color or finish you have now, there’s a metal roofing style to match. Today’s metal roofing looks just like common roofing material such as asphalt shingle, clay tile, cedar shake or slate but lasts two to three times longer than ones made of these materials.

More Energy Efficient: Metal roofing in both light and dark colors reflects heat effectively to reduce cooling loads in the summer and insulate homes during the winter. This can help to lower energy bills.

Longer Warranties: Most metal roofing comes with a manufacturer’s warranty of 30 to 50 years, plus a workmanship warranty from the installer. Talk to your local Metal Roofing Alliance member contractor to learn more
about the metal roofing warranties that are available.

Metal Roofs in the South

The benefits of metal roofing, specifically for homes in the South, include the ability to withstand high winds, hurricanes, and hail damage. Extreme weather conditions, including temperature changes, can cause roofing shingles and flashing to expand and contract, creating damage. Missing, cracked or damaged shingles may develop into leaks. Metal roofs are resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding. Texas is a huge market for metal roofs.

Here are some specific benefits for southern homes:

Cooling: Light-colored metal roofs have high heat reflectivity, which contributes to overall home energy efficiency.

High Winds: Metal roofs have an interlocking system, which makes the roof stronger and more resistant to high winds. Many metal roofing systems have a wind rating of 120 to 150 mph and uplift resistance that exceeds new building code requirements.

Fire Safety: Most metal roofs are approved for Class A, B and C fire ratings. In some cases, a special underlayment may be required to meet certain code and fire classification requirements. However, metal roofing is widely recognized for its resistance to airborne sparks and burning debris.

Hail: Metal roofing is widely respected for its hail resistance. While there can certainly be storms from which no roofing material will escape unscathed, metal roofing offers good protection from leaks even if aesthetic damage does occur. The most widely accepted test of hail-resistance is Underwriters Lab (U.L.) 2218, a steel-ball drop test that simulates the effect of hail impact on roofing products. Metal roofs pass U.L. 2218 at Class IV, the highest rating. As a result, homeowners in many hail-prone states with metal roofs can obtain discounts on their insurance premiums. Additionally, unlike other roofing materials, metal roofing resists hail damage even as it ages.

Durability and Warranty: Metal has more durability and longevity than any other roofing material, potentially lasting 50 years or more. The life cycle cost of a metal roof is very attractive – for most homes, a metal roof is a permanent choice and will never have to be replaced, saving the costly tear off and replacement common with temporary solutions such as asphalt, slate or wood shakes.

Myths Uncovered

Lightning: A metal roof will not increase the likelihood of lightning striking your home. The basic physics is that while metal conducts electricity it does not “attract” it. There is no evidence that metal roofing puts a home at greater risk of a lightning strike. Typically, lightning will strike the highest object in the vicinity, and rarely is that the top of the house. Just the same, metal roofs can be grounded by a lightning protection specialist if desired.

However, if your home were hit by lightning, your metal roof would disperse the energy safely throughout the structure. Since metal roofing isn’t combustible or flammable, it’s a low risk and desirable roofing option where severe weather is concerned, especially for lightning.

Noise: A common misconception is that a metal roof will be noisier than other types of roofing. When installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof on your home will actually silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather, and often much better than other roofing materials.

Rust: Today’s metal roofing systems are built to last. Steel metal roofing has a metallic coating made of either zinc or a combination of zinc and aluminum. This metallic coating prevents rust from forming and is bonded to the steel at the factory. Paint is then applied over the metallic coating to provide the long-lasting color homeowners desire

Dents: In most cases, a metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like hail, high winds and heavy snow. Today’s systems also have a wind rating of 120 to 150 mph (equal to an F2 tornado), meaning your metal roof is also safe from wind gusts that can accompany hail storms.

Durability: Many people think you can’t (or shouldn’t) walk on a metal roof, but the truth is that you can safely walk on any metal roof without damaging it. Before you walk your roof, however, it is recommended that you talk to your installer or roof manufacturer first. They will have the details on how to walk the particular roof you have, based on the style you chose and your roof pitch.

Getting an Estimate

The two most important factors in calculating cost are the style of roofing and the shape and pitch of your home’s roof. A contractor can come to your home, inspect your current roof and then give you an estimate. For more information and to find a contractor, visit the Metal Roofing Alliance at metalroofing.com

 

Metal roofs offer a variety of different styles and colors that mimic other roofing materials, such as this red tile metal roof by Headwaters Incorporated. (Photo - Metal Roofing Alliance)

Metal roofs offer a variety of different styles and colors that mimic other roofing materials, such as this red tile metal roof by Headwaters Incorporated. (Photo – Metal Roofing Alliance)

 

A well-installed quality metal roof, like this ATAS product, provides lasting protection that increases the value of your home. (Photo - Metal Roofing Alliance)

A well-installed quality metal roof, like this ATAS product, provides lasting protection that increases the value of your home. (Photo – Metal Roofing Alliance)

 

Metal roofing, like this standing seam style by Metal Sales, withstands hail, high winds, wildfires and other extreme weather. (Photo - Metal Roofing Alliance)

Metal roofing, like this standing seam style by Metal Sales, withstands hail, high winds, wildfires and other extreme weather. (Photo – Metal Roofing Alliance)


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