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Whether you notice them or not, metal roofs are everywhere. You probably wouldn’t usually think to look at the roof on a home, but if you take a drive down any road in any city, you’re likely to find a house or building donning some kind of metal roof.
But how much do you know about metal roofing? Did you know that it often requires little to zero maintenance after it’s installed? Or that you can choose from a variety of looks and styles, like standing seam or stamped metal roofing?
Remember Me Roofing wants to assist you in selecting the best roof for your needs, which is why we believe that explaining the basics of metal roofing will help you make an informed decision. We will discuss the following topics in this article:
Metal Roofing Benefits and Advantages
There are several advantages to metal roofing over other roofing materials such as asphalt shingles, tiles, or concrete. While metal roofing may be the best option for some homeowners or business owners, we recognize that it is not the best material for everyone. Consider some of the most common reasons people purchase metal roofing to determine if it is a good fit for you:
Metal roofing is precisely engineered to outlast any other roofing material by decades. Many customers choose a metal roof because it will be the last roof they will ever need to install on their home or business. Most metal roofs last 60+ years without showing signs of deterioration or corrosion, depending on the type of metal material used.
When comparing the strength and durability of various materials such as wood, concrete, metal, plastic, and glass, metal easily wins out. Metal roofing, when properly installed, is designed to withstand strong winds, Debris (leaves, sticks, etc.), Rain, Snow, Hail, Mold, Mildew, Rodents and other animals.
Furthermore, metal roof materials are frequently Class A fire-rated and noncombustible, indicating the highest level of fire resistance available. One of the main reasons for the popularity of metal roofing is its proven durability against common roofing threats.
The amount of maintenance required to keep a metal roof in good shape is usually minimal, especially if the roof was installed correctly. Looking for leaves, branches, and other debris that could get stuck on the roof and in the gutters twice a year and after solid storms would be part of general upkeep. There are methods to clean your metal roof if dirt or other stains do not come off with rain. In addition, a concealed fastener metal roof requires less maintenance than an exposed fastener metal roof.
What is the definition of a metal roof? Types, Applications, and Definitions: Eco-Friendly
Metal roofing is environmentally friendly for a variety of reasons.
Most metal is highly recyclable, which means that scrap metal, old panels, or even manufactured excess scraps can be recycled and reused in future products. These metals are available as either pre-consumer or post-consumer recycled content:
Scrap metal from the manufacturing stage that has been recycled for future use is known as pre-consumer recycled materials. Excess materials that have previously had a consumer and have been recycled for reuse are post-consumer recycled materials.
Second, some metal roofing materials, such as aluminum, are made entirely of previously recycled metal. Almost all aluminum roofing is made from recycled materials, accounting for nearly 95% of the total.
Third, many metals, such as zinc and copper, can be naturally replenished and sustained over time because they are found in the environment or the Earth’s crust. Make sure you specify that recycled content is essential to you before construction and installation.
The variety of warranty options provided by metal manufacturers or suppliers is one of the best aspects of owning a metal roof. Weathertight warranties, which cover leaks in the roofing system, and paint warranties, which cover specific levels of degradation of the paint system applied to the metal substrate, are two of the most common. Warranties vary widely depending on where you live, the climate to which the roof will be exposed, the type of roofing material used, and the type of coil paint system used. Before you buy, make sure to read the warranty documents thoroughly and ask questions.
Note: Weathertight warranties are typically used by architects and building owners of non-residential structures to ensure the system manufacturer’s long-term integrity.