There are several roofing materials that are available but metal roofs are said to better than the others. It is preferred by more people because of the made advantages that it gives. In the United States alone, including the cities of Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, its 10 percent of the residential houses use metal roofs.
Metal roofs are made from different materials. It can be made from corrugated galvanized steel, a combination of zinc, silicone-coated steel and aluminium, metal tile sheets, stainless steel, copper, aluminium and stone-coated steel.
Advantages of Using Metal Roofs
Metal roofs cost higher than other roofing materials, but even with the added cost that you pay, you will be able to get a better return of investment. Using it can increase the value of your home by $1.45 per square foot. Another added value is that the metal roof can lower the cost of the insurance by about 35 percent. It also comes with longer warranties, with some reaching to 50 years.
Metal roofing in light and dark colors can help save the home owner 25 percent of the energy cost because it serves as insulators. During summer months it reflects the heat so the need for cooling is reduced. In the winter it also acts as an insulator, thus reducing the need for heating.
Its energy saving features ensure that the energy need is reduced thus saving valuable resources. Up to 30 to 60 percent of the metal roofs are made from recycled materials. Discarded roofing materials can be recycled thus lowering the load of sanitary landfills.
Metal roofs can last for 50 years while other materials only have a life-span of 10 to 20 years. It is able to endure extreme weather conditions like storms, snow, hail and even wildfires. Metal do not shrink, erode and crack.
Disadvantages of Using Metal Roofs
The number one drawback of metal roofing is that it is more expensive than other roofing materials. However, it can last longer so it offers better value.
There are people who shun metal roofing because it is perceived to give louder noise during rainstorms. This can be addressed however by installing the roofing properly. A solid sheathing can solve the problem of noise.
There are several myths surrounding metal roofs like it will get struck with a lightning, it will rust or it can’t be walked on. These are all myths with no truth in them. There is a very slim chance that a metal roof will get hit by a lightning but in case it will, the energy will just spread because the roofing is incombustible. Today’s metal roofs are covered with zinc or aluminium making it rust proof. It is also very durable so anybody can wall on it.