THE PROS AND CONS OF METAL ROOFING ---
Metal is a sustainable building material offering durability and energy
efficiency that translates into a long lasting and energy efficient
metal roof for your home. Sustainable metal roofing can contribute
greatly towards greener and healthier environment.
Energy Efficient and Long lasting
Metal roofing, the fastest growing roofing product in
America, is a smart green roofing alternative to the conventional
asphalt shingle roofs. While asphalt shingle bakes in the sun and drives
heat into your home, metal roofing reflects solar thermal radiation
helping you save anywhere from 25% to 40% on your cooling costs. The
average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is only seventeen years. The
asphalt shingle roof may require re-roofing every ten to twenty years. A
metal roof can easily last well over 50 years providing energy savings,
and reliable protection for your home.
Sustainable - a green building material
Metal Roofing is nothing like its common residential counterpart,
asphalt shingle, which is a petroleum based roofing material that is
destined to end up in our landfills. Every year, some thirteen billion
pounds of asphalt shingles fill up in our landfills to decompose in the
earth thereby contributing to environmental polution. Metal roofing, on
the other hand is a 100% recyclable at the end of its very long service
life. Energy efficiency, sustainable reliability, and being 100%
recyclable are the ingridients that make metal roofing a true green
Green Metal roofing is increasingly specified by architects and
building specifiers, recommended by residential and commercial builders,
and embraced by homeowners who want an energy efficient,
environmentally safe, and long lasting roof.
Metal Roofing Systems
Standing seam metal roof comprised of vertical roofing panels
is a light weight roofing alternative to asphalt shingle. Standing seam
panels can be made out of aluminum, steel, zinc, and copper. Coated with
solar reflective paint standing seam roofs reflect solar radiant heat,
which explains how it can save from 20% to 40% on cooling costs.
Standing seam roofing is just one of the many metal roofing options
available to the building owners.
Higher initial Price of Metal Roofing, is it justified ?
One of the major arguments causing much resistance to metal roofing
is its higher initial cost of investment. It seems much more compelling
to pay less for an asphalt shingle roof, but this thinking holds true
only for the short run. (Such as when you need to quickly solve the
leaky roof problem, or flip the house. And even then, metal roofing can
actually make your property more attractive in the eyes of a potential
Over a long run, metal roofing outshines and outlasts an asphalt
shingle roof in every aspect possible. It significantly reduces AC
energy consumption to cool your home, which greatly reduces your monthly
and yearly cooling expenses. By having a long lasting and durable metal
roof protecting your home, you will no longer have to replace your roof
every 10 to 17 years. Now, you can really start reaping all financial
and aesthetic benefits of having a metal roof. Factor in a greatly
improved curb appeal of your home, and a forever lasting increase in the
value of your home, (with over 90% of the initial remodeling costs
recouped, and sustainable over time, plus the the added benefit of
ongoing energy savings.) and that is how metal roofing becomes such a
financially savvy remodeling decision!