Metal Roofing 101 and the Benefits

Not just for barns or cabins any longer, today’s metal roofs are enjoying renewed popularity. A durable and energy-efficient alternative to shingles, metal roofs are now more attractive than ever.

It all starts with a plain material like steel or aluminum, which then is made to look like wood, stone, and clay. The introduction of metal roofing in shingle, shake, slate and tile styles has reinvigorated the metal roofing industry. Today, metal roofing products are available to fit every architectural style, whether a Spanish Colonial in Southern California or a Victorian in New England. Here is a closer look at the benefits related with metal roofing:

Here are some tips to help you determine if your roof is ready for spring weather:

  1. Longevity – The primary benefit would have to be longevity. Manufacturers routinely offer 50-year warranties and even lifetime, non-prorated warranties claiming metal roofs will last two to four times longer than roofs with asphalt shingles. They are not as affected by extreme cold and hot temperatures and therefore last longer.
  2. Weight – Metal roofs also weigh much less than typical roofing shingles and can even be installed on top of old roofing materials, which saves the energy of removing the older materials. In fact, if you’re building a house or an addition, you can often downsize or reduce the number of roof support members. Because of the material’s lightweight, you can save on engineering and building the supporting structure.
  3. Wind and Hail Resistant – While metal roofs are not completely impervious to wind or hail, they offer greater protection and generally stand up much better than traditional roofing materials. Most modern metal roofing materials are class 4, which is the highest rating for which a roofing material can be considered. Some homeowners have been known to get discounts of up to 27% on their insurance from certain insurance companies simply by having a metal roof.
  4. Fire Resistant – Metal is resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. Because metal roofs are non-combustible, they’re given a Class A fire rating (the most resistant). Part of a roof’s classification depends on materials beneath the surface that could ignite in intense heat. In fact, some insurance companies will give you a discount if you have a metal roof.
  5. Green – Metal roofs are considered “green” because they reflect the sun’s rays and lower the amount of heating or air conditioning needed and decrease the energy used in a house. Though the material itself is low in insulation R-value, many systems utilize a dead-air space between the metal and roof deck to increase energy efficiency. In addition, metal roofing is made with a large percentage of recycled metal—often 95 percent—and when its useful life is done, it can be recycled again. No worries about it filling up dwindling space in landfills.

Call Centennial Roofing to learn more about metal roofing and if it is the best option for your roofing needs. One of our roofing professionals would be glad to come out and help determine your roofing needs and solutions.

We would love the opportunity to serve you and to show you the Centennial Roofing difference! Give us a call today and we’ll schedule your FREE roof inspection! 1-800-766-3227