Published on January 12th, 2017 | by Home and Family0
The Benefits of Metal Roofing in Extreme Weather Conditions
If you live in extreme weather conditions, metal is a better choice of material than traditional asphalt for roofing. In addition to being able to sustain the effects of heavy weather conditions such as high winds, hail and snow storms, it can also protect your home from wildfires.
Metal roofing systems have a greater level of wind and uplift resistance than building codes require, according to architect, Jim Mitchell. This can provide an even higher level of protection during storms with major winds due to a metal roof’s 140 miles per hour wind rating.
Homeowners that live in areas with a considerable amount of heavy snow often choose metal roofs. One of the many benefits is that snow won’t collect on them in the same way it does with other types of roofs. Basically, what snow does collect will be shed faster.
Since the snow is shed faster, your roof’s structural integrity would be protected. This also prevents ice from freezing in the eves and water leaking into your home.
When you live in an area that tends to experience wildfires, metal roofing can protect your home from catching fire if burning embers land on your roof. Unless there are incendiary materials such as dry leaves and branches on your roof, these embers would extinguish.
There are two styles, or types, of metal roofing:
- Vertical panels
- Interlocking shingles
Metal roofs usually last three-to-seven-times longer than asphalt shingles. This is because they are made of sturdier material, such as steel and aluminum. When properly maintained, they tend to last over 50 years. The lifespan of a steel roof can be extended even further to 100 years when it is coated with an aluminum-zinc alloy.
Metal roofs are also less expensive than slate or tile roofs. They tend to cost approximately 30% less than even the most expensive metals, which include copper, zinc, and stainless steel.
In addition to having standard and premium colors, customized colors are also available. There are over 100 colors currently available from which to choose. Asphalt tiles, on the other hand, are only available in 15-to-20 different standard color options.
Another benefit of metal roofs is that they can lower the cost of your annual home energy bill by up to 25%. Furthermore, a new metal roof tends to be made up of 30%-to-60% or recycled metal. As a result, they are 100% recyclable after they’ve served their purpose. When metal is up-cycled or otherwise reused, it prevents waste and is environmentally conscious.
Once you contact a metal roofing company, they will send one of their roofing contractors to your home. You can discuss your options with these roofing contractors and ask for a cost estimate. At this time you will also be able to ask roofing contractors about additional benefits to having a metal roof.