Metal Roofing Benefits: Why Should I Consider a Lifetime Metal Roof for My House?
The reason metal roofing can prevent tear-off is that its low weight, in many cases, allows it to be installed directly over the top of old, heavy roofing without endangering the stability of the structure. This may also prevent the annoying extra costs of tear-off, as well as the old roofing being disposed of (as much as $100-$150 per square for asphalt shingles) only to await its very long protracted death by decomposition. The National Association of Homebuilders Research Center has estimated that somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 BILLION pounds of asphalt shingles are thrown into American landfills every year, enough so that if a year’s worth of tossed out shingles were loaded onto tractor-trailers, and then set bumper-to-bumper, they would stretch from New York to Los Angeles, back to New York, and then on to Chicago, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance. Also, since it takes an estimated 300 years for asphalt shingles to decompose, by the time Year 1 shingles have disintegrated into the earth, there will have been 6 TRILLION more pounds of asphalt shingle waste discarded in U.S. landfills. Just think, that is about a pound of asphalt shingle waste for every dollar of the United States’s national budget deficit.
Energy Efficient: Cooler in the Summer, Warmer in the Winter
There has been an extraordinary amount of research done in the past few years, attempting to draw direct parallels between the use of metal roofing and arguably the most important ecological benefit of all: metal roofing’s capacity to help reduce energy usage and – as a result – smog and pollution. Studies done by the Florida Solar Energy Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Florida Power and Light have illustrated that metal roofing is inherently a superior reflector of solar radiation when compared with most other roofing materials. Because metal is able to reflect a large portion of the sun’s infrared and near infrared radiation, the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum most responsible for heat build up, less heat is transferred into the attic space, and then living space, of the home. With less heat for the home’s air conditioning system to negotiate, less energy is needed to keep a home at a comfortable temperature during the hot summer months. Total energy efficiency will always depend on the overall construction of the home, including ventilation and insulation, and metal roof owners have reported even greater savings than the 23% determined by Florida Light & Power.
In 2004, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Buildings Technology Center completed a 3-year performance comparison study to evaluate the energy efficiency and service life of metal roofing systems. Test fence data from 10, 15, and over 30 years of exposure were also evaluated. The performance comparison study demonstrated that:
- After continued exposure to the elements metal roofing remains the energy-efficient choice.
- Both painted and unpainted metal roofs show less effect from weather extremes over time, maintaining surface properties and resisting soiling.
- In some applications, energy savings from a painted metal roof (vs. a traditional built-up roof) can translate to significant cost savings, allowing the roof to pay for itself in as little as nine years. In other applications, roof payout is well within its projected 30 to 50-year life span.
The report summary is available here.
Classic roofs coated with hI-R paint help create a cooler, more energy efficient building due to the special reflective pigments embedded in the finish. More information on this is available here.
Moss & Mildew Free
Will not support the growth of moss or mildew.
It will not burn.
Tested in 150 mph winds without any damage to the roof. Our shingles interlock on all 4 sides to prevent any “lift” or blow off.
You do not have to do anything to it for life.
You will never have to re-roof your home again when you install a Classic Metal roof. Asphalt roofs typically need to be replaced here in New England every 10-15 years, sometimes sooner if your roof has a low pitch. Asphalt comes with a limited 6 year manufacturer’s warranty that does not include labor. The cost of asphalt shingles and its installation are going up an average of 19% a year. With this in mind, the cost of a new asphalt roof in 10-15 years will be more than double what it will cost today. Do the math! When an asphalt roof is installed on your home, it begins to deteriorate and lose value right away. It is a liability going down in value year after year until it has to be replaced … again. Not so with a Classic Metal roof that appreciates in value with the value of your home. It actually adds value to your home, your biggest and most important investment. When you get ready to sell or leave the home to an heir, the warranty is fully transferable to a new owner.