Have questions about whether metal roofing is the right choice for your home? Check out this interview with MRA’s Executive Director Bill Hippard.
Wildfires are a threat to many communities across North America. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, there have been 33,852 fires in the U.S. so far this year, which have burned a total of 3,478,169 acres to date. The annual economic losses from wildfires in the U.S. has averaged $1.3 billion since 2000.
August through September are considered the height of the fire season with ten states reporting large fires. California currently has seven major fires, Wyoming eight and Idaho five. And, while it may seem that wildfires are only common on the West Coast, wildfires occur in many areas of the United States.
A wildfire is an unplanned, unwanted fire that starts in an undeveloped area. Forest fires can become a ‘firestorm’ which is a deadly mix of unending fuel supply and thermally-induced high winds. These fires can approach inhabited areas with the speed and power of a locomotive. Sheer winds uproot trees, fences and roofs with unnatural ease. Anyone who’s experienced a wildfire can tell you it’s not something they’d like to repeat.
California homeowner Susan Lord explains, “In November, 2008, a wildfire went through our neighborhood. Our house was a total loss. That’s why we decided to install a metal roof when we rebuilt.” See more from Susan in this short video:
Metal roofs are naturally very tough and highly resistant to fire damage. Fire will not penetrate a metal roof. Metal roofing materials interlock, forming a protective barrier that other roofing materials do not provide.
Most forest fires decimate residential communities through burning pine needles and other debris blown from roof to roof. More conventional roofs, such as asphalt, catch fire relatively easily and the home is at danger of burning to the ground. A metal roof is not combustible, so it doesn’t provide additional fuel for the fire. That’s why many fire chiefs recommend a metal roof. Here’s another clue – you’ll notice that a lot of fire stations have metal roofs.
In addition to installing a metal roof, homeowners in wildfire-prone areas can create a defensible space around their home, clearing all potential wildfire fuel from within 100 feet of a structure is critical for fire prevention. For example, if you have a wood pile, move it away from your home. In addition, homeowners should clean gutters and roof of debris that can ignite. You can also design and landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind. Select materials and plants that can help contain fire rather than fuel it.
To download a checklist of steps to take to protect your home, download this checklist created by FEMA. Visit the following websites for more information:
According to a recent survey, metal roofing is now the second most popular style of roofing in the U.S. Why do homeowners choose a metal roof? The top two reasons are longevity and strength and protection for their home. See below for all of the survey results:
With long-term warranties up to 50 years and the built-in strength of steel or aluminum, a metal roof easily outlasts other roofing materials. For most homeowners, a metal roof is the last roof they’ll ever have to buy for their home. A standard asphalt shingle roof lasts 12-15 years, while metal roofs typically last 50 years or more.
Want to see how your house could look with a metal roof? Check out our free “My New Metal Roof” tool on our website. You can upload a photo and “try on” a variety of styles and colors of metal roofs to help you choose the one that you like best!
If you’re planning to sell your home, you’ll need to start by looking at it through a potential buyer’s eyes.
Home buyers usually have pretty full wishlists, with features such as an open concept floor plan, hardwood floors, or a spacious yard. The less-than-glamorous features like a “sturdy roof” are more of a given than a wish-list item, though. But not all roofs are created equal, and you might be surprised at how your home’s appeal can skyrocket when you replace worn-out asphalt shingles with premium roofing material.
Why Choose Metal Roofing?
A tired, sagging roof can certainly take away from your home’s value, but a new asphalt roof isn’t guaranteed to do you any favors, monetarily speaking. A decent roof that doesn’t put the house at risk of damage is an expectation for every home buyer; therefore, a functional, run-of-the-mill one will not likely hold singular appeal.
But a new metal roof can become a selling point that puts money in your pocket. Here are a few reasons why metal roofing is a serious plus to both the seller and the buyer:
No matter what kind of metal roofing style you choose, you’ll never have to worry about your roof again. Most come with a true 30 to 50 year warranty.
In addition to their inherent charm and uniqueness, metal roofing materials can be manufactured in countless styles and colors to fit the aesthetic of your home. Today’s metal roofs offer a rainbow of color choices, and high quality finishes to prevent rusting.
Energy efficient and eco-friendly
Roofing materials that reflect radiant heat instead of absorbing it help your home stay cool in hot, sunny weather and better insulate it in the winter. If your home’s environmental impact is of concern to you, it’s worth noting that asphalt roofing accounts for 20 billions pounds of waste annually, whereas metal roofing can be made from recycled materials and can be recycled once dismantled from your home.
Low maintenance and durable
Metal roofs are virtually maintenance-free, making them attractive to home buyers. Metal roofs also offer superior protection from extreme weather, such as hail, strong winds and wildfires.”
Why You Shouldn’t Wait
Replacing your roof prior to selling can feel like an intimidating investment. But if it’s old, damaged, or in need of any work, it will deter buyers—they’ll simply see an expensive project or a damaging incident waiting to happen. Here are a few signs you should replace an asphalt roof:
If you see any of these signs, it’s better to go ahead and act before your home incurs any damage.
It’s difficult to put a number on how much a roof will add to your home value, but in addition to spiking the dollar sign, it can also help buyers fall in love with your home at first glance.
For more information on energy-efficient, sustainable metal roofing, visit the Metal Roofing Alliance at www.MetalRoofing.com.
To: Mark Zuckerberg
From: Bill Hippard, Executive Director, Metal Roofing Alliance
Date: March 27, 2016
Re: Metal Roofs Aren’t Just for Panic Houses
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
Your Palo Alto home plans have created headlines this week. Kudos to you for wanting to protect your family – that’s an instinct we all share. Based on the plans we’ve seen referenced, at least one of the new homes will be built to last. And not just because of the reported brick walls and steel doors. It’s the standing seam metal roof that will provide decades of protection for your so-called “panic house.” Resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding, attractive metal roofs can work with any type of architecture, and withstand extreme weather conditions throughout their long, long life.
Clearly, you’re working with architects who know that a metal roof is not only an aesthetically- pleasing option, it’s also the best choice for a home that’s meant to provide a safe haven. We’re just confused as to why you would choose wood shake roofs for the other planned homes, particularly in California with the constant threat of wildfires.
We think we can offer you a better alternative. The members of the Metal Roofing Alliance create eco-friendly metal roofs that resemble other styles of roofing, including cedar shakes, but with the inherent benefits of metal. So all of your new homes could have sustainable, energy-efficient metal roofs that are non-combustible. In addition, metal roofs are made from recycled materials, and are 100% recyclable at the end of their long life. These environmental benefits seem like they’d be important to you.
We’re happy to work with you and your architecture firm to recommend a variety of styles of metal roofing for your new homes. Your switch to all metal roofs has the ability to inspire others to make sustainable choices that can positively impact our environment while protecting your family.
Here are some examples of eco-friendly, non-combustible metal roofs manufactured by our MRA members.