All Hail the Metal Roof

Homeowners looking for eco-friendly solutions have discovered that metal roofs can protect homes from many extreme weather events while reducing their carbon footprint.  For example, hailstorms can result in widespread damage to homes.  In a major hailstorm, the roof literally takes a beating.  Hail can break, split and cause tear-off damage to traditional roofing materials, resulting in big repair or replacement costs.

Most of the damage to a traditional roof in a hailstorm is caused by water damage to the contents of the house when shingles are fractured. Once a roof has a crack, water can stream into the home, damaging the structure and its contents.  Water damage can lead to mold and serious repair bills.

Metal roofs are naturally very tough and highly resistant to hail damage. Hail will not penetrate a metal roof. Even a new asphalt shingle roof won’t protect a home from the next hail storm. In fact, many metal roofing products have the highest impact resistance and hail rating granted by Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL), a leading product safety testing and certification organization.

The majority of metal roofing earns a UL2218 Class 4 rating, meaning that a sample of the product did not crack when hit twice in the same spot by a 2-inch steel ball, which, in a storm, would translate into a huge hailstone.

As a result of metal roofing’s superior performance in hail prone areas, some insurance companies even provide a reduced rate for homes protected by metal roofs.

Visit www.metalroofing.com  to learn more about metal roofing and to find a local metal roofing contractor.

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.