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Pro’s and Con’s of Installing Metal Roofing Systems
In today’s modern society, we all like to claim we are very conscious when it comes to global warming, our carbon footprint and all of those things in general. Following the societal trends, metal roofing systems have been introduced to provide an eco-friendly, yet affordable solution.
Metal roofing systems are used both by residential homeowners and commercial building owners, because of its many benefits.
First of all, metal roofing systems are extremely durable. Both standing seam panels and metal shingles offered the same amount of longevity, when installed and maintained properly. When installing such systems, you are making a lifetime investment. Metal roofing systems based on aluminum can last up to 70 years, with 50 years being an average lifespan. On the other hand, premium materials such as copper or zinc can last up to several centuries. When compared to asphalt roofing systems, which need to be replaced every 15 years, this comes as a huge difference. Both manufacturers and contractors offer their own warranty, thus securing the future of your roof.
Second, of all, metal roofing systems provide excellent support when dealing with harsh weather conditions. They have proven to be very effective in dealing with snow and ice. Not only that, they are specifically designed to prevent to creating of ice dams, a common problem for many homeowners across the US. On top of that, metal, in general, is non-combustible, making it a better choice than the usual asphalt roofing.
In addition to that, metal roofing systems can save you a lot of money. Because of their insulation properties, you can save up to 25% off of your energy bills. Not only that, by installing metal roofing, you are actively lowering your buildings’ energy waste. Let the numbers speak for themselves, in the summer time, by choosing metal roofing systems, you can save up to 40% on your energy costs, mainly because metal reflects heat, instead of absorbing it. In the winter, you can save up to 15% on your energy cost, because of the strapping systems sitting between the plywood base and the metal. However, not all materials have the same properties. Copper and zinc, unlike steel or aluminum, offer less in savings. That is due to their darker colors and thicker gauge.
Metal roofing systems are the most eco-friendly solution available. They contain no petroleum by-products and are completely and utterly recyclable. Actually, metal roofing systems can be recycled indefinitely, making them the perfect choice for many homeowners across the US: Also, they are famous for lowering the urban heat island effect, by gradually lowering the temperatures of the area adjacent to your home.
Generally speaking, metal roofing can be installed on top of your previous roof, they almost always require no extra coating, and are generally resistant to termites or any other kind of pests.
Although metal roofing systems are essentially beneficial to any type of house, there is, before making the ultimate decision, contact a solicited contractor and arrange a consultation to discuss the benefits and costs of installing a metal roofing systems on your roof.
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