Choosing metal roofing, you’ll never have to worry about your roof again. All panels come with a 40year warranty. You can expect a metal roof to last at least 2 to 3 times longer than a regular roof. In general terms, count on a metal roof lasting 40 to 60 years and beyond. Plus, your new metal roof will add to the resale value of your home, save you money on your energy bills, and give you a piece of mind that you’ll likely never have to re-roof again.
Lightning is attracted to the highest point, not necessarily metal. A metal roof has no greater chance of being hit by lightning than any other type of roof. However, if your roof would be struck by lightning, a metal roof can help prevent your home from catching on fire because it can dissipate the electrical charge. Metal roofing also has a 120-mph wind rating, meaning it can withstand wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour – equal to an F2 tornado. The biggest misconception about metal roofing is that metal is not any noisier than traditional roofing products. Research has proven, you’ll hear more bad weather noise from your walls and windows than you will from your metal roof.
Metal roof systems in most cases weigh between 1 to 3 pounds per square foot. The actual weight is dependent upon metal gauge and profile of the panel. Metal roof systems are considered a lightweight roof covering compared to their counterparts. You’ll be surprised to learn that a metal roof is, on average, 50% lighter than an asphalt shingle roof, and 75% lighter than concrete tile, fiber cement shakes, and slate. With metal roofing, weight on a structure is never an issue and most metal panel systems can support the load of an individual walking on them.
It’s also great for the environment. The recycled content of the steel in a metal roof is about 56% from production to installation to reuse – far superior to asphalt. Airborne fungus will not stick to metal like it does shingles. Eco-friendly consumers prefer metal roofing because metal can be recycled. In addition, most metals can be recycled more than once without losing their most valuable properties.
We recommend foil-faced radiant barrier insulation. This means you can save even more additional utility costs by making your roof more energy efficient through the use of this inexpensive insulation product. It also reduces air conditioning costs by 20 to 30 percent.
To put it in context, the average life span of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. Asphalt begins to deteriorate as soon as you expose it to normal weather. Other roofing materials like wood shingle, shake and tile have varying degrees of weather-related problems that lead to break-down. Wood, shingle, and shake roofs often need replacement before twenty years. Concrete tile roofs can crack and warp in the freeze/thaw cycle of more northern climates. All of the above roofing materials are well-outlasted by metal roofing, which retains its good looks and durability decade after decade after decade. According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills every year.