Durable Metal Roofs Grow in Popularity for Homes

The International Roofing Expo will be held March 1-3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada and will feature all the latest trends and new products for the roofing market.  The fastest growing innovation in the home remodeling market is the introduction of consumer-friendly metal roofing products.  Once relegated to commercial projects, a new generation of eco-friendly, durable metal roofing products have grown in popularity with homeowners.  

According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (www.MetalRoofing.com), the residential metal roofing market has more than tripled in recent years, growing from 3% market share in 1998 to over 11% in 2016 with more growth expected.

Why the interest in metal roofing for homes?  According to a recent independent study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, the top reasons homeowners choose a metal roof include:  longevity (26%), strength/protection (22%), attractiveness (15%) and good investment/adds value (15%).   

Unlike most other home improvement purchases, a quality metal roof will last decades, providing homeowners with investment grade performance.  In addition, many residential metal roofs now utilize reflective pigment technology, which results in overall home energy efficiency, and lower utility bills.

“The roof is the biggest design element on a home, and metal roofs offer a huge palette of color choices and styles, allowing consumers to choose a truly unique look for their home,” explains MRA Executive Director Renee Ramey. “Even in areas where roofing styles are mandated, homeowners can choose a long-lasting metal roof that has the same visual appearance as less eco-friendly choices, such as asphalt shingles, but with the added benefits that only metal roofing can provide…durability, low maintenance and even energy savings in certain climates.”

For more information on metal roofs, visit the nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance website at www.MetalRoofing.com.   

Snow in 49 of 50 States – Why a Metal Roof Makes Sense

This week in the US, 49 of 50 states had snow on the ground.  Winter weather, including freeze and thaw periods as well as snow, can be really tough on your roof.  Unless you choose a high quality metal roof.   That’s because metal roofs are built to last – and they’re designed to shed snow and ice.  You can also add snow guards or heating cables to help to break up large snow and ice chunks to avoid the “avalanche” effect.

Snow blankets US

Even in areas that don’t typically see snow (yep, Florida, we’re talking to you), a metal roof is a wise choice.    Metal roofs keep houses warm in the winter and cool in the summer, which helps to save on energy costs.  And they stand up to the extreme weather that does impact Florida – high winds and coastal storms.

Learn more about the benefits of quality metal roofing on our website.  You can even test drive a metal roof to see how it would look on your house.

Naughty or Nice? Make Sure Your Roof is Ready for Santa

Your home’s roof takes a beating throughout the year.  Wind, rain, snow, sleet and leaves all take their toll.  Then, Christmas rolls around and a jolly old elf wants to park up there.

What’s a nice homeowner to do?  Invest in a quality metal roof, of course!  You’ll never have to worry about re-roofing again or the occasional sled landing.

Quality Metal Roofing

For more information on durable, eco-friendly, energy efficient metal roofing, visit our website: www.MetalRoofing.com

 

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Early Snows Surprise Many: How Metal Roofs Perform in Winter

The early winter storms experienced by much of the Northeast this past weekend remind us all, that like it or not…Mother Nature is in charge!  As of November 21, 2016 , Leader, Minnesota has 24 inches, Buffalo, New York 20-25 inches and Boston is reporting 15-20 inches of snow.  And it’s still snowing in many areas. 

Snow on a metal roof

This winter surprise is a good reminder to all homeowners to make sure their roof is ready for winter’s harsh weather.  Energy-efficient metal roofing is a great choice for snowy areas, as they easily shed snow loads.

Most metal roofs have a fairly smooth top surface.  When the sun shines, heat from the sun passes through the snow, hits the metal, and is reflected back outside.  The sun heats up the metal roof allowing the snow to melt over the entire roof surface.  The snow and ice will melt from the bottom creating the opportunity for the snow and ice to shed more quickly than other roofing materials.

Although lightly packed powder snow weighs very little per square cubic foot, slushy, wet snow can weigh over 62 pounds per square foot.  It is this heavy wet snow that causes so many problems.  The presence of snow and ice on a roof exerts vertical loads that can cause a roof to sag or bow downward.

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Some homeowners choose to rake the snow and ice off their roofs.  While it may solve the problem in the short term, chances are good that this will cause significant damage to a roof.  “If you rake an asphalt shingle roof, chances are you’ll take some shingles off along with the snow and ice,” states Dick Bus, president of the Metal Roofing Alliance.   “One easy way to avoid heavy snow loads and ice dams is to consider installing a metal roof.”

In addition to heavy snow loads, homeowners need to keep an eye out for ice dams.   Icicles hanging along the eaves of your house may look beautiful, but they spell trouble. That’s because the same conditions that allow icicles to form—snow-covered roofs and freezing weather—also lead to ice dams: thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves. Dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house.

Icicles On Roof

A homeowner who doesn’t have a properly insulated attic could be faced with an ice dam upstairs. Heat from the attic melts snow on the roof, and the melted water pools and gets in the house.

If you’re looking to replace your roof, consider installing a metal roof.  Find a quality metal roofing contractor here on our website.