May 24, 2016
Benefits to Choosing Metal Roofing
A customizable rooftop that fits your needs and accentuates your home’s personality.
Choosing a material for your roof can be challenging, and finding a look that fits your home is only half the battle of creating a roof that fits your needs.
A metal roof can complete any home’s look with style by offering sharp rooflines and striking bold colors. A versatile material, metal complements essentially all architectural styles, can last a lifetime and protects your home from virtually any adverse weather conditions.
A variety of metals can be used as roofing, such as galvanized steel, zinc, aluminum, copper and stainless steel. Aluminum is chosen most often because it’s highly durable, longer lasting than steel, and a cost-effective option. Copper is also commonly used, but usually as an accent only due to the material’s high cost.
Much like more conventional roofing, metal roofing offers homeowners a variety of installation options. For example, metal roofing can be installed with standing seams or as shingles. Occasionally, as with asphalt shingles, it’s possible to install a metal roof over an existing roof, eliminating the extra fees associated with shingle removal.
Metal roofs are typically installed on buildings or houses that have a minimum slope of 3:12 or greater, and standing seams can be used on low-pitched roofs where the use of shingles may not be practical. Unlike shingle roofs, metal roofs should always be installed by roofing professionals. Metal roof installation requires special tools and expertise to ensure that it’s installed correctly. When it’s not, water damage is typically the result.
Metal roofs come in two styles – vertical panels and woven shingles. Within those options, homeowners have a virtually endless array of color options to choose from, which vastly outnumbers the color selection available with asphalt shingles.
Even though metal roofing initially costs more than asphalt shingle roofs, metal roofs last much longer. Whereas a traditional asphalt shingle roof needs to be replaced every 15-20 years, metal roofing systems can last a lifetime. For example, aluminum or steel roofs can last for 50 years; while higher end metals can last up to 100 years, all with minimal to no maintenance required.
Metal roofs also provide maximum protection against the adverse weather conditions that come with Ohio’s changing seasons. For example, a metal roof can protect your home against winds up to 160 mph in the spring, and its smooth, clean surface eliminates the probability of leaks and ice dams in the winter. In the summer, a metal roof reflects solar heat instead of absorbing it, which cuts home cooling costs by reducing heat buildup in the attic.
The durability of a metal roof is also hard to beat. Because it’s non-combustible, a metal roof virtually eliminates the possibility for roof fires. Meanwhile, metal roofs do not rot, dry out, warp or leak like other roofing options. They are not susceptible to termites or rodent infestation, and they offer an eco-friendly alternative that can be perpetually recycled.
If you are interested in installing or learning more about the benefits of a metal roof, call Enterprise Roofing at 937-453-3933. Since, 1926 we’ve served the Miami Valley as a trusted roofing partner, leveraging our years of experience to provide unsurpassed workmanship for our clients.
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