Why should you even consider metal in the first place?
By far, one of the major problems with asphalt/composition roofing shingles is that asphalt is a petroleum based product, which means that it is inherently ecologically and environmentally-unfriendly choice. There is no easy and effective way to dispose off all the asphalt shingle roofs that require replacement every ten to twenty years, other than to tear off the old shingles, and send it into the landfill where it will be buried in the ground, and left there to decompose for many decades to come.
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One does not need to be a hardcore environmentalist to see how detrimental composition shingles roofing products are to the nature and the environment. So, the big question comes up, what is an environmentally friendly and practical alternative to an asphalt shingle roof? The answer is simple, for the last few decades metal roofing has been gaining market share and popularity as a green roofing material of choice.
Metal roofing can last much longer than an asphalt shingles, which only averages 10 to 20 years of service life. A metal roof, on the other hand, can last well over 35-50 years when properly installed. The key to a long lasting metal roof is a strict adherence to your system’s manufacturer installation guidelines.
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Installing metal roofing correctly involves a thorough preparation of the roof deck, proper application of roofing underlayment, and a correct installation of a steel, aluminum, or copper shingles roofing system. Whether you hire a professional installer, or choose to go do it yourself route, be sure to follow all the installation instructions thoroughly. This way your new metal roof will actually perform as it should, lasting for many decades, while providing energy savings, maintenance free roof protection, and a durable and long lasting beauty.
Here are a few more reasons to consider a metal roof for your home:
Metal roofing is reliable and long lasting green building material, which means that you can earn green building credits for the installation of an energy efficient metal roof that is rated by a Cool-Roof rating council and Energy Star for its solar reflective properties.
A metal roof can also help lower your homeowner’s insurance by as much as 35%. Metal roofs are fire retardant, which means they do not support fire, which can be a significant factor if you live in a heavily wooded area. Metal roofs can withstand powerful storms and category four hurricane winds. This may be very helpful if you live in a hurricane prone area.
Metal roofs provide excellent protection in the cold climates. Coated with specialty coatings, metal roofs shed snow and ice, which may help you prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.
As far as aesthetics go, modern metal roofs may add a unique touch of style and either modern or traditional (depending on your choice of a system) architectural touch to your home. You can choose from a wide array of traditional metal shingles and shake profiles available in many beautiful colors, to the vertically-oriented lines of standing-seam panels that can easily be enhanced with roof-integrated PV solar panels. This combination will make your house not only energy efficient, but also capable of generating its own electricity from the ever-abundant solar energy.
Do not let the initially higher cost of metal to deter you from choosing this energy efficient, durable, and long lasting roofing option for your home. Remember that metal roofing will help you lower your cooling costs, appraise the value of your property, and provide many years of reliable and worry free service to you.
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