There are many reasons to choose steel roofing. Here are five of the best reasons to consider.
1. Long Lasting
Metal roofing can last a lifetime. Some commercial and residential grade metal roofing lasts 50 to 100 years with little or no maintenance. The steel that forms the core of the roofing panels is coated in an alloy of zinc and aluminum to give it extra durability. For comparison, asphalt shingles usually last only six to nine years before needing replacement. People in the market for new property understand the value of a metal roof: Installing a metal roof on a home can help the value of the home appreciate.
2. Energy efficient
Steel roofing is an energy efficient choice. Metal roofing is painted with specialized pigments that reflect solar energy and reduce the need for cooling. When compared with asphalt alternatives, metal roofing can reduce the energy needs of a building by up to 40 percent annually. This energy efficiency can help offset the initial cost of installation. Metal roofing is easily recyclable, and it is usually made with post-consumer content.
3. Weather resistant
Properly installed sheet metal roofing is almost impervious to bad weather. Modern metal roofs will not dent during hail storms. Most roofing systems can withstand wind up to 150 miles per hour. Painted metal roofs are good at shedding snow, so they are a good choice for structures in mountainous regions.
Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs do not increase the chances a lightening strike. If lightning does strike a building with a metal roof, the energy will be safely dispersed.
Metal roofs are fire and spark resistant, so they can help prevent and slow down the spread of fires. Because of their safety, many insurance providers will offer a discount to owners of metal roofs.
4. Easy to install and maintain
Steel roofing is fairly easy to install. The panels are relatively light weight. Unlike asphalt roofing, most of the labor is already finished when the roofing leaves the factory. Once installed, metal roofing needs very little maintenance.
5. Attractive design
Steel roofing comes in many different designs. It can be made to look like a variety of traditional roofing materials such as shingles, slate, tiles, and wood shake. Once installed, the roof will maintain its appearance for years to come.