Metal roofs are favored for their low weight to help preserve structural integrity, longevity, interlocking panels for maximum wind resistance, energy efficiency which keep homes cooler, and speed of installation. They are also great at reflecting heat from the sun.
A metal roof is a premium roof system which adds value to your most important investment-your home. With proven performance expectation of 40 years, a new genre of metal roofing materials are on the market and are a far cry from the corrugated “tin” barn roofs that leap to mind at the mention of metal. They are high-tech answers to the need for durable, fire-resistant, lightweight roofing that looks at home on a house.
GREEN ECO-FRIENDLY ROOFING reduces energy costs. Tests conducted by the independent Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) indicate that a cool metal roof can save a homeowner up to 25% in cooling costs compared to a dark-gray asphalt shingle. ORNL’s field tests have shown the combination of venting and increased reflectance can reduce the heat penetrating the roof deck by about 45 percent for stone-coated metal roofs compared to an asphalt shingle roof in certain climates.
Ongoing research with standing-seam cool-colored metal roofs is showing similar results. The Perfect Base for many Eco-Solutions with Photovoltaic Systems and Solar Panels can easily be integrated into metal roof systems, making them an even better choice. Metal roofs can also allow consumers to harvest rainwater for reuse.
Metal roofing materials are made primarily from aluminum and steel, but other materials, such as copper and alloys, are also used. Some sheet-style materials—notably “standing-seam roofing”—have a decidedly commercial look that is favored by architects for their clean, contemporary appearance. The benefits offered by today’s metal roofs allow homeowners to upgrade their homes with products of lasting value with beautiful styles to match any home or neighborhood.
While other roofs quickly diminish in value as they age, metal roofs provide the lasting benefits.