Why You Should Consider a Metal Roof

Courtesy of Huffington Post

Courtesy of Huffington Post

In considering a new roof for your home, installing a metal roof should not be overlooked.  Many have generally thought of metal roofs for commercial buildings or for barns only.  However, there are several types of metal materials, including aluminum, steel and cooper, that are more commonly used today for residential roofs.  Although each type of metal has its own unique features, they tend to have similar benefits in general.

Benefits of a Metal Roof

  • Increased Longevity – Warranties of 50-years are routinely offered.
  • Lightweight – Can sometimes be installed directly over existing roof materials.
  • Fire Protection – Metal roofs are very resistant to burning.
  • Environmentally Friendly – Can include up to 95% recycled material and be recycled at the end of lifetime.
  • Energy Efficiency - Can reduce heating & cooling costs by reflecting radiant heat from the sun.

Myths About Metal Roofs

There are many myths surrounding metal roofs.  Here are the most common myths according to Bob Villa:

• It will increase the likelihood of a lightening strike. Metal conducts electricity, but electricity is not drawn to it.
• Metal roofs are noisy in the rain. Not so. They may even be quieter than other roof types.
• Metal roofs are susceptible to damage by hail. While extremely large hailstones can dent a metal roof, normal hailstorms will not. With textured roofs, minor denting is not readily visible.
• You cannot walk on a metal roof. You can, but you have to know how to do it without causing damage. Check with the manufacturer of the product you choose.
• A metal roof will make your house colder in winter. Actually, a metal roof has no effect on the temperature of the typical vented attic in winter. It’s the insulation under (or on top of) the floor of your attic that keeps you warm.

Exterior Specialties of PA is here to help with all of your metal roofing and roofing needs.  Call us today at 215-453-9180 for your FREE estimate!

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