Invest in a roof that can stand up to the elements
You’ve probably heard all there is about the energy-efficient benefits of metal roofing. Any metal roof contractor will happily give you the specifics of how standing seam roofs can lower surface temperatures by 100 degrees Fahrenheit, reflect rather than absorb sunlight and even qualify homeowners for a tax credit of up to $500. And that’s not even taking into account that the right metal roof is made from anywhere between 20 percent and 30 percent recycled materials. And decades from now, when your home eventually needs a new roof, the whole thing will be recyclable.
But what if you need more than just eco-friendliness from your roofing? Folks who live in hurricane-heavy environments or extreme climates like deserts need more than just the assurance of energy savings. How does metal roofing stand up to traditional asphalt when it comes to Mother Nature’s wear and tear?
If you start by examining longevity alone, there’s only one, clear winner. No matter the environment, metal roofing lasts longer. In fact, DoItYourself.com reports that there are homes with metal shingle roofs dating back to the early 20th century
that are still holding strong today. By comparison, asphalt shingles have an average roof-life of only 17 years. Furthermore, metal roofing tends to come with warranties on par with their life spans. Manufacturer guarantees of 30 to 50 years are the norm.
The ultimate purpose of a home – dating back to the earliest caves or huts – is to provide protection. Although today’s homeowners feel more secure than ever in their houses, many of these buildings are still susceptible to slow degradation or sudden harm – especially during freak storms or due to extreme climate conditions.
The first step in assuring your home and family’s safety should be metal roofing. Unlike asphalt, standing seam metal roofing is completely non-combustible. But not only is it fire-proof, this roofing style offers superior impact resistance. The Underwriters Laboratories, a global independent safety science group that’s provided expertise and evaluation on safety ratings from the advent of electricity, has offered metal roofing top marks across the board. In fact, standing seam roofing has the highest rating of all roofs against strong winds, and it’s under warranty against category 3 hurricane speed winds.
All roofing requires some maintenance, but few styles ask so little as metal roofing. Its extreme longevity is matched by its ability to resist decay, mildew and discoloration. This means that with no effort on your part, your roof will continue to provide curb appeal for decades to come – no matter which of the 35 different colors you choose.
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