Metal roofing has
truly come full circle during the past century. From being a popular roofing
material in the early 20th century to being replaced by cheaper roofing
materials such as asphalt shingles during the past several decades, to
emerging once again as the premier roofing system for commercial buildings
and homes. The future looks bright for metal roofing, and there are several
trends and benefits that are fueling the growth.
benefit of metal roofing is its enhanced performance caused by
recent innovations in metal roofing paint systems and coating
technology. The vast majority of today’s metal roofs use a Galvalume
coated steel substrate which virtually eliminates worries about rust
and corrosion. And just as important, paint systems now have
outstanding resistance to fading, chalking, and cracking under the
most stringent conditions. These paint systems use cutting edge
technology and inorganic pigments to provide the maximum protection
against harmful UV rays.
metal roofing benefit is that metal roofing is tough. When it comes
to wind and weather resistance, metal roofing stands alone. Union’s
metal roofing meets the toughest wind, fire, and impact codes in the
country. Your metal roof will probably outlast you. Most metal roofs
last 3 to 4 times longer than an asphalt shingle roof.
The third benefit of
metal roofing is that there is a genuine concern in helping to maintain and
improve the environment for future generations. In this regard, metal
roofing meets the criteria of recycled content, recyclability, and energy
efficiency. Metal roofing is one of the most energy efficient roofing
systems available and tests have shown that it can save you up to 40% on
In addition, metal
roofing is not asphalt based like shingles, which means its production
doesn’t continue to fuel our country’s biggest addiction… oil. Although
these are the major drivers, there are many other reasons why metal roofing
is gaining in popularity.
ADVANTAGES OF STANDING SEAM METAL ROOFING
High Seams- One
great advantage of standing seam metal roofs is contained in the name
itself: seams, the weak point in any roof and a potential entry point for
moisture, are raised above the level of the roofing panel. You can't say
this for composition shingles.
Fewer Seams- Because the metal panels run unhindered from the top to
the bottom of the roof, not only are there no horizontal seams but in total
the roof has a far fewer number of seams.
Tough- Yes, metal is tough--very tough--but it's not impervious to
all hazards. The sheet metal in this type of roofing can be penetrated by
heavy falling limbs or dented by a severe hailstorm.
"Cool Roof"- All metal roofing in general is considered a "cool roof"
by the US Environmental Protection Agency. This is because metal roofing can
be painted any color, including colors on the lighter end of the spectrum
which will prevent solar heat gain.
Sleek Looks- Standing seam roofs are perfect for certain types of
contemporary or country-style houses. Due to the smooth, straight lines,
these roofs give your house an "industrial" feeling, yet with a modern
flair. These are not the rippled tin roofs that you might remember from
warehouses of the past.
Colors- As mentioned this earlier, but only in terms of lighter,
sun-reflecting colors. But what about style? Metal comes in a decent array
of colors: grays, browns, forest greens, earthy reds. Perhaps this isn't the
full palette of colors as you might find at a paint store, but it's more
than you'll find with composite/asphalt shingles.