Why You Should Consider Installing A Metal Roof On Your Home
It may seem late in the summer for heavy hail storms, but Mother Nature doesn’t always follow a strict schedule. Such was the case a few weeks ago when the hail was dumped on Estes Park, Colorado, covering roads and sidewalks in enough hail that it looked like a white Christmas in July. A metal roof can be a sensible way to protect your home, especially if you happen to live in an area that experiences a lot of storms, rapid temperature changes, hot sun, large hail, or heavy snowfall.
When it comes to roofing materials, you have many options regarding durability, affordability, sustainability, and style. Some materials last longer than others, some are more affordable, and some are better for energy efficiency. One option that you should consider before making your decision is metal roofing.
Metal roofing and stone-coated steel are excellent options for any home, and there are many types of metal roof colors and styles you can choose from to create the look and feel you want. But there are other advantages, too. Let’s look at why you should consider installing a metal roof on your home.
Metal Roofing Materials Are Durable
Metal roofs are lightweight and provide great value when you compare the life cycle cost to asphalt shingles. They are far more durable than almost any other option, withstanding much of Colorado’s extreme weather.
A metal roof can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years, depending on the material, climate, and general wear. Metal roofing materials are also meant to withstand unexpected wind gusts (up to 140 mph!) and have a high impact-resistant rating.
Metal Roofs Are Sustainable & Environmentally-Friendly
Because they’re made from recycled materials, metal roof panels are good for the environment. Plus, they’re recyclable at the end of their life, which means they can be transformed into yet another metal roof down the road.
Metal roofing materials aren’t made from petroleum based raw materials. They are manufactured using an array of recyclable materials, including everything from tin, aluminum, copper and galvanized steel, and are surprisingly lightweight. Consequently, they are quickly becoming a favorite material for the environmentally conscious architect or builder.
In addition to being fire-resistant and impervious to the most unforgiving weathers and troublesome pests, metal roofs are also an environmentally friendly roofing solution for their superior energy-saving features, unmatched longevity and high recyclability.
A Metal Roof Won’t Ignite
Another benefit of metal roofing is that it doesn’t have any added risk of igniting from a lightning strike or fire. A common misconception is that because it’s made of metal, it’s more likely to be struck by lightning, but this is false. Metal roofs are possibly safer than any other roofing material, even during significant events like lightning storms. Some roofing panels can be installed with a specific underlay material for a Class A fire rating, and also carries Class 4 Hail protection.
Metal Roof Panels Reflect Heat Instead of Absorbing It
Considered a ‘cool’ roof, metal roofs are an energy efficient roofing solution. A metal roof reflects heat instead of absorbing it as other materials do. As a result, metal roofing can reduce cooling costs by as much as 25%. Some styles of metal roofing materials are coated with reflective pigments that increase energy efficiency, like the options from Decra Metal Roofing.
You Have Stylish Options for Metal Roofing
When you think of a metal roof, you might immediately think of the thin corrugated metal material, but there are now more beautiful, strong and long-lasting solutions.
Many people go with a metal roof because of its durability, but there are many profiles and styles that will enhance the curb appeal and value of your home. There are plenty of options like stone-coated steel and metal roofing panels that are designed to look like wood shake roofs, the look of shingles, or old-world Italian clay tiles that come in a wide range of colors to suit any architectural style. If you’re looking into metal roofing for your home, there are more options than you think!
Potential Drawbacks of Metal Roofing
Metal roof products and installation can be expensive, but in hail regions a Class 4 Hail rating may contribute to an insurance premium reduction. Consult with your insurance carrier and your roofer for exact rates for your home. The durability of metal roofing is a big plus, so it’s best to weigh your options and consider your style preferences.
One of the most frequent questions homeowners ask is if their metal roof will be noisy when it rains or hails. Many people think of uncoated metal, which can be noisy without sound-proofing underlayments. You’re going to get an echo from the rain hitting your metal roof, but when it is installed over decking, it’s going to be quieter. It may surprise you to learn that today’s modern stone coated steel roofing is surprisingly quiet due to their textures and sound-absorbing roofing granules.
We’re Ready to Install Your Metal Roof
No matter the roof material that you’re looking for, J&K Roofing has you covered. We’re certified in every material we work with—including metal roofing panels and stone-coated steel—and we’ve been doing business in the Denver Metro, Front Range, Colorado Springs, and Northern Colorado regions for nearly 40 years.
Get in touch with us for a free inspection and start your project.