In the past century, commercial and residential metal roofing has come full circle from being a popular roofing material in the early 20th century to being replaced by cheaper roofing materials such as asphalt shingles during the past several decades, to emerging once again as the premier roofing material for commercial buildings and residential homes. The future looks bright for metal roofing, and there are several trends that are fueling the growth.
Metal roofing innovations have virtually eliminated rust and corrosion worries. Metal roofs’ toughness meets the strictest codes for wind, fire, and impact. Metal roofing is also one of the most energy efficient roofing materials available, even meeting recyclability criteria. The benefits of metal roofing materials are the reasons why metal roofing continues to gain in popularity.
Metal roofing materials are durable and weather resistant, having the highest UL ratings for fire, wind, and impact resistance. A metal roofing system, in many areas, is expected to last three or more times longer than comparable asphalt shingle roofing.
Studies conducted by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and Oak Ridge National Laboratory show that energy efficient metal roofing materials with Energy Star certified high reflectance paint systems can save you up to 40% on cooling costs when compared to typical asphalt shingle roofs.
Energy Star certified metal roofing materials reflect a high percentage of the sun’s energy back into the atmosphere, lowering attic temperatures and subsequent cooling loads which make your metal roof system more energy efficient. Dark asphalt shingle roofs absorb solar radiation, making your attic a very hot place during the summer months. The higher the Energy Star reflectance rating your metal roofs have, the more money you save.
Because metal roofing materials are available in a wide array of designs, finishes, and colors, metal roofs are ideal for the most discriminating residential homeowner. Re-roofing with metal roofing materials is proven to increase your residential home’s resale value from 1% to 6% depending on the area. 40 Year and Lifetime series paint systems carry color fade, chalking, and film integrity warranties of at least 25 years. Metal roofing materials also have an inherent resistance to staining from mold, mildew, and airborne algae.
Metal roofing is green building material. Environmentally friendly and sustainable, metal roofing materials offer energy efficiency, recyclability, and extremely low maintenance requirements.
A metal roofing system can save you money. Because metal is the most maintenance-free roofing material on the market, metal roofing materials save money on upkeep and maintenance. Considering re-reroof expenditures, energy maintenance, insurance, resale, and taxes, metal roofing is an investment with a very fast payback.