All About Metal Roofs
If you are considering a metal roof to replace your residential roof, you are making an excellent choice for a roof replacement. Metal roofing is more durable and longer lasting than asphalt for residential roofing. Homeowners who install a metal roof on their home may never have to replace the roof again. Metal roofs are proven to last 2-3 times longer than asphalt, which means a 50-60 year lifespan for top quality metal roofing. Metal roofs are known as “forever roofs” because of this lifespan.
Metal roofs can withstand the environmental elements longer than as asphalt roof. In Colorado, the sun, rain, snow and ice can all occur in the same day, and a metal roof repels the worst weather. A metal roof is not only attractive, but it’s quite weatherproof. A metal roof can handle large hailstones with minimal damage, and metal roofs can withstand wind speeds up to 100 miles per hour, and some metal roofs can handle strong winds up to 130 mph. By comparison, a typical asphalt shingle can be damaged by wind speeds of 70 mph. High-end residential metal roofs are rated to withstand fire, hail and wind, and some insurance companies offer discounts up to 30% to homeowners with metal roofs.
Metal roofs are sustainable and more durable than asphalt or wood shingles. Metal roofing requires much less maintenance, too. Approximately 30% of the metal roofing material is recycled, and some metal roofs are made from 100% recycled material. All metal roofing is fully recyclable making it the most environmentally friendly option for a roof replacement.
Metal roofs stay much cooler than asphalt which helps regulate the temperature inside the home. This means a reduction in the demand for the electricity and air conditioning. Metal roofing is reflective, so it reflects the sun’s heat, but it also absorbs the heat that is not reflected. Even though a metal roof absorbs some heat, it quickly releases the heat during the night because metal cools much quicker than asphalt. Metal roofs have high thermal emissivity which makes it absorb and release the heat.