Aluminum Metal Roofing Versus Asphalt Roofing

May 2nd, 2014

We consistently attempt to convey the many long-term advantages of aluminum metal roofing compared to the long-term disadvantages of asphalt roofing. However, many homeowners express intense concern as to whether or not these long-term returns actually amount to a worthy investment compared to multiple asphalt roofing installations throughout the duration of their time in the given home.  If  lifetime aluminum metal roofing is 2 ½ – 3 times the cost of asphalt roofing, and an asphalt roof lasts, on average, 16 years…would it not just be wise to get an asphalt roof replacement a couple times throughout your lifetime and save yourself the money? What many homeowners do not realize is that aluminum metal roofing is not some expensive product that is merely a status symbol for showing off – although the upfront cost is expensive, it is for everyone. If you can afford an asphalt roof, you should be able to afford a metal roof. Why?

We will exhibit and explain one simple fact, and, according to many misinformed asphalt roofing contractors, a difficult truth to embrace: aluminum metal roofing is ultimately cheaper than asphalt roofing! Isn’t that a contradiction to what was explained earlier in regards to cost? No – because there is a major dichotomy between upfront cost and long-term cost. The overall long-term cost of an aluminum metal roof is actually less expensive than asphalt roofing.

First, consider the fact that the improved home resale value will be an additional 1% – 6% with aluminum metal roofing compared to asphalt roofing.

Second, homeowners receive, on average, about an 85% return or more of the cost of their metal roof once they sell and as much as 95% here in the eastern states. Homeowners with metal roofs will save about 25% or more on heating and cooling costs; though, keep in mind that many homeowner insurance companies will provide policy discounts in certain areas of the country because these metal roofing options are so resistant, durable, environmentally friendly, and energy efficient.

To truly understand the savings associated with aluminum metal roofing compared to asphalt roofing, let’s consider two imaginary consumers: “Asphalt Al” and “Metal Mike,” both owning identical New England homes withstanding a market value of about $350,000 each.

“Asphalt Al” does not like to use his brain. He does not know how to handle money, and does not care about planning for a stable, secure, and worry-free future. Have you ever seen the movie “Tremors,” where Fred Ward says to Kevin Bacon: “Your problem is, you don’t plan ahead. … Look at me, it’s Monday, and I’m already thinking about Wednesday!” These two characters are a perfect description of Al’s modus operandi. His current asphalt roof is tumbling down and instead of preventing future problems from adding themselves to his already problematic life, he signs a $12,000 contract for another asphalt roofing installation. His reasoning is defined by the fact that asphalt roofing is less of a dent out of his bank account right now, because the upfront cost was about a third of the price of the proposed metal roofing estimates he received.

“Metal Mike” on the other hand, has a thoroughly planned investment portfolio and savings account, as well as a college and retirement fund. Mike understands he is not that wealthy of a man; however, he trusts that his meager savings can slowly prepare himself for a more secure future one step at a time. Unlike Al, Mike goes ahead and “bites the bullet” and buys a $30,000 aluminum metal roof.

If Mike were to put his home up on the market immediately after installation, his home would now be worth about $370,000 – while Al’s home is still worth $350,000, even with his brand new asphalt roof. Remember, Al spent $12,000 on his asphalt roof, so figure he gets a grand total of $340,000 return when he sells his house. Mike spent $30,000 on his roof; however, he will likely recoup the money put into the roof based on the real estate market for your area.

Understand also that if Al and Mike were to sell their homes immediately after the installation, Mike’s would likely sell first because his maintenance free metal roof will never have to be replaced again.

Even if you are worried that you might be putting your home on the market too soon, you still have absolutely nothing to lose when getting a metal roof – and you have everything to gain if you decide instead to stay in the house long-term. Consider, as well, that an aluminum metal roofing system is practically maintenance-free. Any problems associated with asphalt roofing (and its susceptibility to the elements of nature) can be totally avoided with an aluminum metal roofing system. You will generally never have to worry about your roofing again with an aluminum metal roof.

Now, most importantly, let’s consider the more common scenario, one where Mike and Al were to stay in their homes for the next 10 years or more.

Winter is coming to “Asphalt Al” and “Metal Mike.” The weather forecast predicted a snow shower resulting in 2 inches of accumulated snow. Those 2 inches of snow turn into 2 feet. Al steps outside his house when the storm is finally through and sees 2 feet of snow piled on his roof. New England is known for its erratic weather, and it looks like it is supposed to be warm and sunny tomorrow.

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No snow on this metal roof!

Because Al (knowing Al), never thinks ahead, he does not realize it is supposed to be below freezing temperatures a few days later. Classic Al. Because Al has insufficient attic ventilation, the snow on his roof melts, seeps underneath his asphalt shingles, and freezes. Looks like Al now has a case of the ice dams! New England gets hit with another blizzard with a couple more feet of snow. Al now has ice dams and 2 feet of snow piled on his roof. Al comes home from work that day only to find out that his brand new roof has failed. Water is running down the walls and on to the hardwood floors of his home. This cycle continues year after year until Al wises up and invests in a roof rake. Now Al has another job every time it snows: rake the roof. Al cannot leave his house in the winter and get away to a warmer climate either. His roof has held him hostage. “What if it snows while I’m gone? Ice dams could form, and I could come home to a big mess again.”

“Metal Mike,” in contrast, is sitting by his fireplace and sipping on a hot coffee. In his slippers, he steps outside to take a look at his beautiful new metal roof. Though his property is surrounded by walls of snow due to the erratic New England weather, his new metal roof is spotless. Come summer, Mike’s roof is keeping his house much cooler, averaging about 25% savings a month on energy costs. Mike understands that this roof not only is going to last him a lifetime, but in great accordance with that, the longer he has this roof, the more he is going to save – not only money, but time and aggravation. The longevity pays off.

Life is good – for metal Mike …

How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost, and Why? Take The Guesswork Out Of The Process By Involving a Professional.

April 16th, 2014

Among many of the frequently asked questions we receive, the first and most prominent of them all is, of course, “How much does a metal roof cost?” This is the number one question our consultants receive from homeowners all over New England. This is also the number one question we usually cannot answer over the phone. To answer quite bluntly, giving an estimate over the phone for an aluminum metal roofing system is a metal roofing contractor’s nightmare – there are simply too many complex factors involved. Save yourself the trouble and speak with a reputable metal roofing contractor to set up an appointment for a free estimate – you will save yourself the trouble of trying to figure out the price on your own, become aware of the potential scope of your project, and become much more educated on the variety of different metal roofing products.

One Shortcut to Establish a “Ballpark” Range

First, keep in mind that a full contract for aluminum metal roofing will be about 2 ½ to 3 times the cost or more of an asphalt roofing contract. One way to find out if metal roofing cost is in your potential scope *without* meeting with an aluminum metal roofing contractor, is simply to contact a few local, competent asphalt roofing contractors for their quotes, and then just multiply by 2 ½ to 3. Understand that prices for asphalt roofing can vary greatly depending on the company – be sure you meet with a few licensed and insured contractors so you know that you are getting accurate pricing based on your local area’s roofing industry standards. Surprised that the Metal Roofing Blog is suggesting you to meet with an asphalt roofing contractor? You should be – as discussed earlier, an aluminum metal roofing installation is 2 ½ to 3 times the cost (or more, depending on the product) of asphalt roofing. Do the math – figure out if aluminum metal roofing is in your ballpark, then move forward by meeting with a metal roofing contractor to see what product will be the best fit for your criteria and your home. This is the simplest way to get a ballpark price for aluminum metal roofing without actually meeting with a metal roofing contractor, and it has the added advantage of allowing you to consider whether an asphalt roof might actually be an ideal alternative for you.  Finally, save yourself the trouble and meet with a reliable, reputable metal roofing contractor, who can guide you through the decision process and greatly reduce the effort required to research your options.

If you are still reading at this point, we are guessing you still do not want to meet with a metal roofing contractor. You think you want to find out on your own how much to expect to spend on metal roofing costs for your home … but remember, many contractors are more than willing to do this for you for free. Good luck. Oh well – what do we know?

Calculating a Metal Roof Cost Estimate Range for an Aluminum Metal Roofing System

Begin by picking up the following tools to aid you in this complicated process: paper, a tape measure, a calculator, and a pen or pencil. The first step is to figure out the total square footage of your roofing. To do so, use the tape measure to find the length of your roof surface from one side to the other. Find the width of your roof from the eave to the ridge, and multiply the length and width to find the area. If the roof is awkwardly shaped (anything other than a rectangle), find the area of smaller sections at a time and add them together. Repeat all of this until you have measured all of the roofing surfaces. Add them together. You now have the square footage of your roof.

Unfortunately, the square footage is not the only factor that determines the price point for a metal roofing system. Be mindful of all of the complexities of your roof, because, well, they are complex. The complexity of the roofing is a major factor affecting the price point. These complexities include (but are not limited to) multiple angles and pitch, valleys, and hips.

Penetrations through the roof are just as important, such as: pipes, vents, skylights, and chimneys. Understand that these penetrations require detailed flashing, and usually, the difficulty of the flashing is highly subjective due to the many different styles of homes.

Understanding what metal roofing product meets your criteria and your home affects the price due to many factors, but more importantly, the price point can be greatly affected depending on the condition of the asphalt and the amount of layers. Excluding standing seam aluminum metal roofing, a traditional metal shingle roofing system can be installed over one layer of asphalt – provided that the single layer of asphalt and the decking is in sound condition. So, what about standing seam? Standing seam lays flat on the surface and will cause irregularities in the panel over a layer of asphalt, so all of the previous material must be stripped.

You are probably asking yourself, “I just got the square footage. I have a couple skylights, now what?”

We are going to conclude with a sample estimate based on the standard 2014 New England metal roofing industry prices. This is going to be a ballpark range and is not, by any means, a concise estimate. Take it with grain of salt, and it should only be used as a reference point. That said, we will provide a simple sample metal roofing cost of an aluminum metal roofing system – broken down piece by piece. Compare your findings to the following figure to find out your ballpark price range for an aluminum metal roofing system.

The Simple Sample Aluminum Metal Roofing Ballpark Price Range

*(PLEASE note that these figures are as of April, 2014, for the New England metal roofing industry)

Consider the following – try to relate it to your home and your measurements …

Our sample is going to be a house with a full shed dormer off the back.
1.) Flashing the cheeks of the dormer will generally cost between $700 – $900.

2.) This house will require head wall and sidewall flashing, the cost being $500 – $700 to re-flash around metal roofing.

3.) This house has a footprint of 60’ x 40’ and has valleys and vinyl siding. Figure that the roofing surface sums up to 2075 sq. ft., which equates to 21 squares. For aluminum metal roofing, the average New England metal roofing industry cost would be about $1100 – $1400 per square (10’ x 10’ area), which makes the bulk of the metal roofing cost between $23000 – $29000.

4.) Remember that complexities will greatly influence the price. This sample roof has 2 bathroom vent pipes, which usually cost $100 – $200 per pipe. Figure this house has 2 skylights on the front of the roofing, measuring approximately as 16’ x 40’. In this case, it would cost between $200 – $300 for the flashing around each skylight. If, like in many cases, this house needs replacement skylights, you are looking at around $800 – $1200 per skylight – plus the cost of the skylight. This is to remove, replace, and re-flash.

5.) Continuing with this simple sample home, let us say this house has a center chimney measured to roughly 3’ x 3’. Chimneys in New England are usually flashed with copper and lead, so understand that they must be flashed with the same type of material as the roofing or it could be subject to electrolysis. Electrolysis takes place when one metal eats up the other, so if you are considering an aluminum metal roofing system, your chimney will probably need new flashing. The New England metal roofing industry cost for chimney flashing is usually between $500 – $1000+ depending on the size of the chimney and the condition it is currently in. Occasionally, the chimney will need to be re-pointed because dealing with a chimney in poor condition after a metal roofing system is already installed could create future problems.

6.) Rule of thumb: the lower the pitch of the roof, the lower the metal roof cost; the greater the pitch, the greater the metal roof cost. We will say that this roof has 1 layer of asphalt in good condition – as in, the shingles are lying flat and not crumbling. In this case, we will say the roof is about 15 years old. The roof deck, which is the wood under the shingles, is in considerably good shape. Because of this, this is a job that could have an aluminum shingle layover without stripping the asphalt. The chimney would have to be re-flashed because it is a different metal. Both skylights are in good condition so they also just need to be re-flashed. There is no ridge vent or gable edge vent on this house, so the venting needs to be corrected. Answering a common question among homeowners, “Can you vent a metal roof?” – The answer is yes. This is done by adding soffit vents and cutting in a ridge vent. The price range for this would be between $500 – $1000 depending on what needs to be done.

Break down:

  • Cheeks of the dormer flashing – $700 – $900
  • Head wall and side wall flashing – $500 – $700
  • 2075 sq. ft. = 21 squares – $23,000 – $29,000
  • (2) bathroom vent pipes – $100 – $200
  • Flashing around (2) skylights – $800 – $1200
  • Flashing around the chimney – $500 – $1000
  • Soffit Vents – $500 – $1000

Total estimated ballpark range price without ever visiting the property = $26,100 – $34,000

Note: Specialty Materials Can Lead To Significantly Higher Costs

An in-depth review of other metal roofing types besides aluminum is beyond the scope of this article. A copper or zinc roof both have additional advantages, however, they significantly add to the cost burden of a metal roof. That said, copper roofs and zinc roofs can be a wonderful enhancement to a home’s visual appearance and value.

Conclusion

Do not fall for the gimmicks that many metal roofing contractors use to get you to their websites. No website will ever tell you exactly how much a metal roofing system will cost for your home. Why? Because it is impossible, as you can see by the widely ranged ballpark estimate we have presented here. Gimmicky advertisements, such as metal roofing calculators, discounts, and the like – are almost always SCAMS. Lastly, we do not want you giving yourself a headache when trying to estimate the cost for a metal roof for your home. As outlined earlier, this is as ballpark range as it gets and there is so much involved when calculating the price for a metal roofing system, that the best approach is simply to have a professional come out and actually observe your situation with his own eyes. We mean it when we say it: save yourself the trouble and meet with a professional metal roofing contractor.

The Benefits Of Asphalt Roofing: The Cheapest Roofing Option For You And Your Home

April 1st, 2014
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Wow! Look at this beautiful asphalt roof!

Like they always say, a penny saved is a penny earned. With all of this talk about the cheapest possible roofing replacement for your home, let’s explore the multitudes of benefits regarding our number one choice for short-term savings and instantaneous long-term damage: asphalt roofing. An asphalt roofing installation is about a third of the cost of an aluminum metal roofing installation, and it does significantly less than a third of the job as well.

Are you looking for a dangerous variety of excitement, adventure, riskiness, and instability? Look no further! Asphalt roofing won’t protect your home and will probably walk out on the job when you least expect it. Do you have commitment issues? No problem: as opposed to the dreadful 100 years that aluminum metal roofing will last you – an asphalt roof will last, on average, a nice short length of 16 years. Is that too long for you?  If you don’t want it to stick around anymore, don’t worry, it might not even last that long – it’s going to go away anyway! If hurricane conditions or even just strong winds come by for a friendly visit, your roof may be gone with the wind.  Is that not a beautiful thing? Your heavy and inflexible asphalt roofing shingles can be blown back into nature where everything belongs so it can hurt the environment even more. You can now contribute to landfills as well as let part of your asphalt roofing go free into nature.  Why do less damage when you can do more? Do you like problems? Do you have problems? Good! Get an asphalt roof, so, again, you can have more problems! Are you feeling a little heavy and difficult to maintain? Asphalt roofs are also very heavy and difficult to maintain – a perfect match for you! Who doesn’t like dangerous maintenance when they least expect it? Don’t you like living life on the edge…of your roof? Like the wise old saying, “You are what you roof.”

Are you vulnerable and unable to hold your ground?  Good, because an asphalt roof is just like you – it won’t protect you or your home. You cannot rely on it at all! Great!  Do you enjoy mysteries and tricks? If you get an asphalt roof with a given warranty of 50 years, have fun deciphering the warranty! Because asphalt roofing warranties are actually very mysterious and deceptive; there’s a difference between “lifespan” and “product defects” – tricky, tricky asphalt!  Want more variety?  Did we forget to tell you that asphalt roofing is highly susceptible to insect infestation, moss growth, and black streaks?

Praise the sun, because when it’s starting to roast your home in the summer, you better submit yourself. Do you lose your integrity in heavy heat and extensive sun exposure? Asphalt roofing does too! In fact, an asphalt roof can cook *really* well.  It can curl up at the edges when it becomes compromised by excessive sun and heat.  You don’t want your home to be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter – embrace the moment, baby!  Let the sun’s rays pierce through your roof, roast your attic, and roast your shingles from underneath too!  Oh, did you say your home is in a shaded area? Did we tell you that asphalt roofing has only the most inadequate thermal protection in the industry and opens your roof to the possibility of actually rotting?

Isn’t this all just terrible? Good! Think you have a good pitch?  You probably don’t!  But, if your roof pitch is steep enough, the asphalt shingles can actually begin to sag down. Isn’t it great when splendid things in life begin to sag with age? Are you ugly, but instead of self-improvement, you decide to make yourself uglier? You can do the same thing to your home! You can install the ugliest material on the market and make your house look uglier than ever. When your asphalt roofing finally leaves you, you can repeat this again, again, and again!

Wait, you don’t like trash? You were thinking about getting asphalt roofing, so we figured you wanted material that goes into landfills protecting your home… What’s next, you care about the environment too? What?

 

April Fools!

 

-The Metal Roofing Blog

A Brief History of Copper Roofing, Zinc Roofing, and Aluminum Metal Roofing

March 31st, 2014

The most exciting history lesson you will ever experience.

With copper roofing, zinc roofing, and aluminum roofing increasingly becoming some of the more common home improvement endeavors in the New England area, many wonder if history has actually proven the multitude of positive statements spoken about these sorts of lifetime metal roofing systems.  Many homeowners ask us, “Isn’t metal roofing a new industry? Have we actually seen these aluminum metal roofing systems last the ‘oh-so promised’ 100 years?” As progressive as we may think New England and United States homeowners are, remember that the United States certainly is not the entire world. Hop into our aluminum time machine (it only makes sense – if it were steel, it would rust by the time we made it anywhere) and cruise and learn with us through time and space as we ride down the metal roofing memory lane of aluminum roofing, copper roofing, and zinc roofing.

In The Beginning

Metal is actually an ancient technology, and is has been used continuously for roofing and for many other forms of architecture and technology, all the way up to today. It has always been notorious for its function as a superior roofing option as opposed to other materials, regardless of which metal is used.  However, due to its higher cost, it never really grew popular as a mainstream home option until the past few generations. “The Dome of the Rock” – the establishment which sits on the area “Temple Mount” in Israel, where certain religious groups believe the prophet Muhammad ascended to Heaven and where God intervened on Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Isaac – is believed to have originally been protected by gold metal roofing. It currently sports gold-leafed aluminum metal roofing.

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The Dome Of The Rock

Aluminum Metal Roofing

Aluminum Metal Roofing – /əˈlo͞omənəm/ – our favorite. Like the representatives at the Classic Metal Roofing Systems factory like to say, “Centuries old, forever new …”

First, this material is astonishingly ancient. That said, it has been estimated that 73% of all aluminum ever used is still in use, through recycling. Read more on why we like aluminum. The earliest form of aluminum compounds, known as alums, were used by the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians as early as 2000 B.C. As described earlier, there is a reason the sacred “Dome of the Rock,” completed in 691, is sporting an aluminum metal roofing system over asphalt roofing.  Can you imagine asphalt roofing on the Dome of the Rock? Yikes. Don’t you want your home to look like The Dome of the Rock? Okay, perhaps not … because we would destroy the sacredness of the Dome of the Rock if it suddenly sprouted up all over New England. The point being, you should now be convinced that aluminum metal roofing can interface with practically any type or form of architecture.

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Chief Secretary’s Office, Sydney, Australia

Similar to other materials that have been utilized for metal roofing, aluminum metal roofing has been very prominent in a variety of European cultures for centuries, which have evolved some beautiful designs. Even though it is only made its big break in the United States over the past century, there is an aluminum roofing system over 100 years old still standing flawlessly in the land down under. The Chief Secretary’s office building in Sydney, Australia had an aluminum roofing system installed on it in 1880. It is still there. And guess what? It is still in great condition.

Copper Roofing

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Sri Lankan Loha Maha Paya Temple

Copper roofing, arguably the oldest form of metal roofing, has been around for thousands and thousands of generations.  In around ~300 B.C., copper roofing was installed on the Sri Lankan Loha Maha Paya Temple, also known as the Mahamuni Buddha Temple. We know that around 27 B.C., the Romans used copper metal roofing for the Pantheon. The oldest European medieval structures – churches – from around the 14th century, also utilized copper roofing. A St. Mary’s Cathedral, known as Hildesheim, had a copper metal roofing system installed on it in 1280 A.D.; the same exact roof is still there to this day. You may be thinking “Sure, right. That that system is 734 years old!”  Well, it’s true!

Kronborg, one of Europe’s most notorious castles from the Renaissance era, had a copper roofing system installed on it 1585 A.D. It was just renovated in 2009 – at the ripe old age of 424 years – not bad longevity for a roof! According to the December 2002/January 2003 issue of Metal Roofing Magazine, tests on a lot of European copper roofing systems from the 1700s exhibited results proving that this type of roofing can theoretically last up to 1000 years – an entire millennium!

Zinc Roofing

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St. Catherine’s Church in Reutlingen, Germany

Zinc roofing, generally formed with copper and titanium, has been made very popular in Germany as well many other countries for about 300 years by European architects. Being one of the more recent metal roofing technologies, history has still proven that it provides a distinguishable long-term option for a metal roofing system. Zinc roofing is estimated to last over 70 years. That said, the German architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel serviced zinc metal roofing throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and many of his historical buildings with zinc metal roofing are still there to this day. Keep in mind that we say over 70 years, because, accordingly, a recent article published by Construction Magnet recently found that the majority of a zinc metal roofing system was still serviceable after over 120 years. This zinc metal roofing was for the 1890 St. Catherine’s church located in a cemetery in Reutlingen, Germany. The building “has now been preserved to nearly its original state in 1890.”

Conclusion

What about the other types of metal roofing? What about steel metal roofing? We do not care about those metal roofing systems, and neither should you. Other metals are not durable enough for this industry and they should never be used as metal roofing material. Any architect or metal roofing contractor who suggests installation of anything other than zinc metal roofing, copper roofing, or aluminum roofing ultimately does not care about you or your home.

Remember, if there is one way to prove anything, it’s history.

Why We Recommend Aluminum Metal Roofing for Most Roofing Projects

March 24th, 2014

There are a variety of different metals and chemistry’s that many aluminum metal roofing contractors both install and recommend. When the consultants on our team speak with homeowners looking for information on metal roofing systems, one of the most common question they are frequently asked is, “What type of metal is best for my home?” Our top three recommendations are aluminum, zinc, and copper. The most practical metal, which fits well with most homes both in terms of long term investment and affordability, is aluminum.

The application of aluminum metal roofing can be considered the most green roofing option on the planet. Interestingly, approximately 73% of all aluminum ever manufactured is still in use world-wide. What makes this highly malleable metal so efficient and durable? Besides having very high energy efficiency, aluminum alloy has highly advantageous and peculiar characteristics: it is incredibly lightweight and easy to work with, it has immense durability, and it exhibits beneficial thermic and electric conductivity. That said, aluminum is highly superior to other metals, such as steel. Unlike steel, aluminum metal roofing is less susceptible to corrosion. In fact, the term “corrosion” immediately brings steel to mind, doesn’t it? Regardless of where it is located or utilized, steel will tend to rust; aluminum won’t. The application of aluminum has the potential to drastically lower emissions and waste products throughout the life of a given structure, and it is infinitely recyclable. The following corresponding terms “recycled” and “aluminum” may make certain homeowners cringe because of the “already-been-chewed” stereotype of recycled products; but, know that recycled aluminum actually has the exact same chemistry and functional performance as primary aluminum metal.

Though aluminum metal roofing will typically be about 2 ½ to 3 times the cost of conventional asphalt roofing, this type of metal roofing is manufactured to last up to 100 years with many long term investment benefits included. Besides the many benefits for the home and the roof, aluminum scrap metal recovery programs aid many communities and cities. These recovery programs not only help protect the environment, you, and your home – they create a significant amount of jobs, which generate income. This additional income will obviously produce many funds for the greater and valuable economic, political, and social missions of society. It can be said that in a number of ways, aluminum recycling runs through several threads of the cycle of commerce as we know it, not only in New England and the United States, but Worldwide. That said, Aluminum can even be considered one of the most “patriotic” American metals in the industry.

In accordance with the contributing factor that most aluminum products in the United States contain recycled aluminum, a common argument is that the energy source for the production of primary aluminum metal is electricity. To refute this with some factual information: over 70% of the electricity used in this given production process is actually from renewable hydro power sources itself. Also, despite what outdated sources imply, the sum of energy usage associated with both primary and secondary aluminum production processes has actually been drastically reduced over the past couple of decades – also reducing associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Not only is aluminum the go-to metal for metal roofing, it also has many other practical uses. Modern automobiles are now being manufactured with aluminum which reduces weight and saves fuel, while still maintaining safety and performance standards. Aluminum is great for a wide range of architectural flexibility, such as: curtain facades and walls, windows, doors, sun screens, solar energy applications, and, of course, metal roofing. Aluminum has a high strength-to-weight ratio, which is one of the primary reasons it’s so useful in so many fields. Because aluminum can be the jack of all trades, it can reduce the usage of plastic, cement, and steel. In fact, as it has been said: “The modern skyscraper was only made possible by aluminum metal.” Ultimately, aluminum metal has continued to serve its function for decades on end. Usually, the aluminum will last as long as the building it’s applied to, ultimately reducing maintenance costs associated with any refits that were avoided by having it in place.

Now that we have learned about all of the phenomenal characteristics of this super-metal, let’s apply this knowledge to aluminum metal roofing. First, aluminum interfaces very well with the industry’s highest standard of coatings and colors. Even with a wide selection of different gradient colors available for aluminum metal roofing, these colors are typically not susceptible to fading. In addition to the durable properties of aluminum, these recently developed specialized coatings only increase that durability – realistically making it possible for a roof to actually be “maintenance free.” Whether or not a given structure provides a steep or a low pitch, aluminum metal roofing provides radiant heat reflectivity- it reflects the sun’s radiant heat, resulting in lower energy costs over the summer.

Because aluminum is roll formed, it can be crafted into a plethora of creative shapes. In this regard, a humorous question recently directed to us from a homeowner was, “How long are your aluminum metal roofing panels?” Our response? “As long as you want them to be!” That said, call our office with your questions at (866) 660-6668 (and you just might be featured on the Metal Roofing Blog). As discussed earlier, aluminum does not rust, unlike steel, galvanized steel, and galvalume. Like anything however, nothing is perfect; in this case, no metal is absolved from the possibility of potential oil canning – even aluminum. Oil canning is a slight ripple in the metal around certain areas of the roofing that is only apparent after installation. As perfectionists with high standards, we notice the near unapparent imperfections that can result from a near perfect installation. Keep in mind that Classic Metal Roofs, LLC is one of the few contractors in the New England metal roofing industry that has a method to actually *mitigate* oil canning. Finally, do not forget that aluminum is going to be 100% recyclable after the end of its life span and probably long after the end of yours.

We cannot stress this enough at the Metal Roofing Blog – if you are considering a roofing project, contact a metal roofing contractor for a free consultation. What do you have to lose? Your home needs a metal roof, and the question is not if – it is when. Aluminum metal roofing is the future – say goodbye to asphalt!



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