Permanent, Energy Efficient & Beautiful!
Metal roofs are durable, energy-efficient, and beautiful. Most importantly, they’re a permanent roofing solution designed to last 50+ years, as opposed to asphalt shingles which need to be replaced every 10-15 years. If a metal roof is installed properly you will never have to install another roof on your home again.
3 Kinds of Metal
Copper, Aluminum & Steel
Because metal roofs are designed to last 50+ years they are considered a lifetime roofing system. If a metal roof is installed properly it will be the last roof you’ll ever put on your home. We only recommend metal roofing systems that come with a lifetime, transferable warranty.
The key to a truly permanent roofing system is the quality of the installation. A poorly installed roof will not hold up to the the elements and will require replacement far sooner than a properly installed roof by an experience crew that follows best practices and the manufactures guidelines.
The aluminum zinc or kynar 500 coatings of todays metal roofing systems reflect about 90% of the sun’s radiant heat. Adding a foam backer stops the remaining conductive heat from entering the attic space. The energy efficient nature of metal roofing makes it the most important part of your home’s ability to preserve the air conditioning inside the living space. Because the air conditioning system is able to maintain temperatures more consistently while running less often means your homes A/C system will last longer. Just one more way an energy efficient metal roof will save you money.
Many metal roofing systems are energy star certified and therefore are eligible for a federal tax incentive. This tax credit is for ENERGY STAR certified metal roofs with pigmented coatings or cooling granules designed to reduce heat gain. Certified roof products reflect more of the sun’s rays, which can lower roof surface temperature by up to 100°F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into your home.
A metal roof will not make lightning more likely to strike a home, but it may make a lightning strike less dangerous if it does occur. Lightning will always follow the path of least resistance. A tall tree is more likely to be hit than the short tree next to it. A tall or large building is more likely to be hit than a short one no matter what material it’s made of.
Electricity passes more easily through a good conductor such as copper or steel than it does through a poor conductor such as wood or concrete. Poor conducting asphalt or wood has more electrical resistance, which converts some of the lightning’s electrical energy into heat, possibly causing fires or even an explosion.
Many people find a vented ridge to be unsightly. The reason many roofing systems require a vented ridge is to help dissipate the tremendous amount of hot air that can accumulate in the attic because of the roofing system’s poor thermal performance. There are several metal roofing systems that no longer require adding additional venting to the attic. Metal roofs outperform asphalt roofs with their superior radiant heat reflectivity. Adding a foam backer to a metal roofing system creates the ideal system for keeping the attic at ambient temp and eliminating the need for additional attic venting. Keeping the attic at ambient temp lowers energy consumption because the HVAC is no longer competing with the hot attic air to cool the living space.
Steel Metal roofing most commonly consists of at least 25% recycled materials. This level of recycled content reduces both the cost and the environmental impact of producing new steel, conserving energy and other natural raw materials during the manufacturing process.
Aluminum based metal roofs that are installed today are up to 99% recycled content; most of which is post-consumer waste.
Metal is recyclable once it has reached its end of life unlike asphalt roofing that is rarely recycled at the end of its usefulness.
The average asphalt residential roof removal generates 1-3 tons of waste. That’s an estimated 10 million tons of shingles dumped in landfills every year nationwide, plus another 1 million tons of scrap generated by the shingle manufacturing process. This is a huge amount of waste to add to our already overcrowded landfills, especially since shingles take approximately 300 years to break down.
Some states even have legislation banning the disposal of asphalt shingles in landfill facilities.
Some asphalt shingle manufactures claim that their product can be recycled but the truth is that this rarely happens. There are few recycling centers capable of the recycling process partly because of the difficulty involved in the process but it’s really about the expense.