Depending on the color and coating, a metal roof can save up to 40% off energy costs by reducing the solar heat load on a home.
Metal roofs tend to last anywhere from 40 to 60 years, which is 2 to 3 times longer than the standard asphalt shingle roof.
Metal roofs are non-combustible and have a Class A fire rating, which means a metal roof is one of the most fire resistant roofing options available.
Source: Taylor Metal Products.
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Visible fastener or screw-through metal panel systems, also known as agricultural metal roofs, are normally used for barns. Building movement, UV degradation, and panel expansion and contraction due to thermal movements contribute to the need to replace the exposed screws every 12 to 15 years. While twice as costly, standing seam roofs use a snap panel system where the panels lock into each other and all or most screws are unexposed, minimizing the need for maintenance. Curb appeal from the clean, hidden-screw system is also a major factor for customers who desire a metal roof. For homes and businesses, we recommend standing seam metal roofs over screw-through metal roofs.
Yes. While the initial cost is higher, metal roof systems provide more value in the long term as metal roofs often outlast traditional asphalt shingle roof systems.
Yes. It is not uncommon for a metal roof to last twice as long as the average asphalt shingle roof.
No. The use of screws in lieu of nails for fastening and securing metal roof systems increases the wind uplift rating of metal roofs over shingle roofs. Shingle roof systems have hundreds of individual shingle units whereas metal roofs consist of full-length panels from eave to ridge, resulting in far less full units susceptible to blow off. When compared to a 20+ year-old shingle roof with shingles that tend to lose wind uplift integrity at a faster rate, a properly secured metal roof, per manufacturer and wind speed zone specifications, will typically have greater longevity and perform best overtime.
Yes, especially when compared to cedar shakes or wood shingles. While both metal roofs and asphalt shingle roofs come with an initial Class A exterior fire rating, asphalt shingles tend to suffer granule loss through time and become more susceptible to damage from embers. Airborne embers are less likely to find a purchase on a metal roof as metal roofing systems have a smoother surface finish.
Yes. However, since metal roof systems have a smoother surface than other steep-slope roofing systems, such as shingles, shakes, or tile, the accumulation of debris and snow is far less and the need for maintenance is greatly reduced. Moss and lichens also have a difficult time growing on metal roof systems.