How metal roofing is installed

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Durable, quality protection

If you’re considering what type of roofing to have installed on your home, new or existing, metal roofing should be a top consideration. This roofing material was once exclusive for barns and made its way on to homes and workshops in the country.

Today, metal roofing is becoming more common in cities and for several good reasons. One being that metal roofing energy efficiency has proven to be as good or better than other types of roofing materials. So, if you are considering either metal roofing or shingles made of asphalt, a more common roofing material, give some thought to metal roofing benefits, along with answers to the following questions. Make sure you are well informed on metal roofing so you can make the decision right for you.

How long do metal roofs last?

Metal roofing has proven to be a practical level of protection for the home, especially in areas of the country where the weather is extreme. If your home is in areas where the sun beats hot and heavy or there are heavy storms that include hail, or areas where there is heavy snowfall or changing temperature, metal roofing can be a value-add.

There are two styles of metal roofing, vertical panels, also referred to as standing seam, which is the most common choice and interlocking shingles. With performance, the two styles are equal, and experts consider both a lifetime roofing system.

Metal roofing is available in different types of metal: aluminum, copper, steel, or zinc. Metal roofing will have a 3 to 7 times longer life span than asphalt shingle roofing. Aluminum shingles have a minimum life expectancy of 50 years, as does steel roofing.  The life expectancy of copper or zinc metal roofing is 100 years and more.

Do metal roofs make the house hotter?

Metal roofing has a surface that reflects the solar heat back out to the atmosphere instead of absorbing it and radiating it back inside. Because of this, a metal roof can save up to 25% over a year in energy bills. This is an annual reduction of one-fourth of a home’s energy waste. Independent studies have found metal roofing can save on summer energy cost by 40% and up to 15% in heating costs for the average homeowner.

What is the best color of metal roof for energy savings?

Metal roofing is already expected to be as much as 50 degrees cooler than an asphalt shingled roofing with a dark color.  Choosing a light beige, blue, bronze, green, peach, or white for metal roofing will only improve that percentage during hot summer months.

Is a metal roof loud when it rains?

If it is not properly installed, it can be louder, just like any other type of roofing material. Because of where metal roofing was originally used, in barns or storage/work sheds in the country, or as patio awnings material with corrugated metal, the perception has always been that metal roofing is loud while raining. With proper installation and the fact that the metal used for a home differs from it is for a bard or shed, this simply isn’t true.

Can you walk on a metal roof?

Absolutely, yes.  However, if you are inexperienced in walking on a roof, metal or otherwise, then don’t. Then again, you’re the homeowner, do it is our right to do you as you see the need, such repairing or replacing your metal roofing and flashing, the HVAC system or other protrusion in the roof.  You should proceed cautiously though so you avoid any possible damage. Three basic rules to walking on metal roofing are:

  • Wear clean, soft-soled shoes
  • Do not drop any heavy equipment or tools while on the roof
  • Walk only in the right spots
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Metal Roofing Benefits

As we have discussed already, asphalt shingle roofs can age and diminish quickly compared to metal roofing. Other lasting benefits of metal roofing include the following:

  • Energy Efficient – properly installed with the right insulation, metal roofing can save a homeowner hundreds of dollars over a year.
  • Fire Resistant – a feature that will get a cheaper rate on homeowner’s insurance.
  • Long-life – lightweight material that when it is installed correctly, using concealed fasteners and proper metal screws with rubber gaskets, metal roofing can last 50 years or longer.
  • Weather Resistant – when properly installed and fastened correctly, metal roofing resists hailstorms and high winds.
  • Environmentally Friendly – many metal roofing materials today come from metal that has been recycled and when the roof itself reaches its end-of-life, it can be recycled again

The metal roofing of today isn’t like the roofing you’ve seen in the countryside on barns and sheds. It isn’t mismatched or rusted, but it comes in a variety of colors instead, and you can choose metal roofing with the appearance of shingles, so it matches your home’s décor and any possible HOA requirements. Call 203-390-7399 today if you need metal roofing for your home in Branford, CT.