Metal roofing has long been used for its durability, fire-resistant qualities, and long life spans. In addition to this, metal roofing now has more versatility than ever before, making it the material that inspires architects and roofing designers. Contractors cannot wait to work on projects with metal roofing. Metal roofing is now the go-to resource for new construction as well as renovation projects thanks to the multitude of benefits it has to offer.
Metal Roofing: The Way Forward
Endless aesthetic appeal
Metal roofing is available in a variety of colors, textures, and finishes to appeal to every designer and roofer. Panels can be curved or shaped to fit conical roofing or standard sheet-shapes. Metal roofing is waterproof and the continuous interlocking systems allowing for expansion and contraction help the roof appear straight. Designers like to use metal because it can be made to fit over decking or open framing.
The most commonly used metals are copper, steel, aluminum, and zinc. Because metal is lighter than other materials you can be more creative with style without compromising durability. Metal roofing is better able to withstand winds, extreme weather, and fire. Steel needs to be galvanized to maintain strength and aluminum is usually anodized before use. Copper is used when aesthetics are most important and zinc is the choice for optimal corrosion resistance.
Metal roofing installation is very important and requires an experienced and qualified roofer. The longevity of a metal roof depends heavily on how well it is installed. When properly installed, metal roofing can last up to three times longer than other roofing materials. You need to plan carefully for trim, fasteners, fans, skylights, and other accessories because it is essential to have professional installation of these to prevent leaking.
Make sure all components you use are compatible with the roof panel and any exposed metal panels should match the panels or trim. Molded closure strips need to be neoprene, solid-cell synthetic rubber, or polyvinyl chloride pre-molded to match the covering for waterproofing purposes. It is most important to make sure the metal panels do not come in contact with dissimilar materials like lead, graphite, or lumber, as this can cause early degradation and shorten the life of your metal roof.
Savings are Big
Metal roofing is a friend of the environment as it is 100% recyclable. This makes it a popular choice for roofing in today’s eco-friendly world. When compared to shingle roofing which ends up in the waste, metal roofing systems are more appealing in terms of keeping the country green. At the end of a metal roofing system’s life, the materials can be recycled or coated and used again.
When there is no need to remove the previous material, you save time and money when it comes to new system installation. Retrofitting in this way also reduces the amount of labor required for a project. This is especially useful for older buildings that are no longer up to code. With the installation of a metal roofing system over the outdated one, the building is up to code in no time.
Metal roofing panels outlast typical solar panels and are much more affordable than replacing the roofing with solar-power grids. Metal roofing can be designed to enhance energy efficiency. For example, aluminum panels in undulating patterns can regulate temperature and provide overhangs to shade windows below. This reduces glare, maximizes natural daylight exposure to the inside, and saves on energy costs.
Cool coatings are added to metal roofing to improve reflectivity so that most of the solar energy absorbed is returned to the air This keeps the building cooler. These coatings are typically darker in color to maximize heat reflection and promote optimal cooling or the inside. Many metal roofing systems now come with enhanced ultraviolet protection and finish to protect from damp coastal weather. These coatings ensure that metal roofing can adequately expand and contract as the weather changes, so as not to become worn too quickly.
Metal roofing offers flexibility, versatility, and durability. There are benefits to building owners, roofers, and designers. Metal looks good and lasts the distance. It saves money, promotes energy efficiency, and continues to inspire and innovate architects and designers with the vast selection of colors and styles metal can provide.