This winter brought record cold and snow, in one of the worst winters ever. But the weather did do one thing. It convinced many homeowners it was time to forever abandon their conventional roofs for something better. That "something" is the increasingly popular metal roof.
The residential metal roofing market has grown by double digits in the last five years. Residential roofing experts report metal roofing is winning converts based on its durability, fire-resistance, energy savings, value and natural good looks.
“People are getting tired of having to replace asphalt shingles every 10 to 12 years,” says president of a company which installs hundreds of metal roofing systems yearly. “People are becoming more and more educated on metal roofing, and are seeing the longevity of it ... after completing [a metal roofing] job, you’ve made a big difference in appearance, energy savings and the value of the home.”
Non-metal roofs last 17 years on average, but metal roofs can last a lifetime. Though higher in initial costs, they can boost homes’ resale value. They can also cut homeowners’ insurance premiums in some states by up to 35 percent.
Among factors underpinning the growth of metal roofs, few are more important than the roofing systems’ fire-resistance, the alliance reports.
While conventional roofs in darker colors absorb the sun’s rays, metal roofing actually reflects them. That decreases summertime cooling loads and also insulates against winter’s cold, saving homeowners utility costs.
Metal roofing’s aesthetics are realistic and mimic natural roofing products.
For more information, contact SB Roofing.