Learn More About The Benefits of a Metal Roof

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Metal roofing is becoming very popular across commercial and residential developments around the globe. Why? Because a metal roof comes with a lot of advantages for people looking to both sustainably complete a building project and save money while they’re doing it. 

And here at Hastings Roofing Service, we’ve completed many metal roofing jobs and have seen first hand just how adaptable this material can be. As such, we want you to know just what investing in a metal roof could do for your home. So without further ado, here are 6 of the biggest benefits a metal roof has over any other roof material. 

Benefit One: Metal Roofs Last Longer

The biggest benefit of having a metal roof on your home is just how much longer it lasts. A metal roof can stay securely on the top of your home for upwards of 30 years, and most roofs last at least 50 years. 

Depending on the metal material or amalgam you use, metal roofing can sometimes last for up to 100 years. A roof made up of majority Zinc content, for example, will last the longest on average. 

In comparison, any roof that’s made out of less hardy, more porous materials (such as wood and slate) will need to be replaced around every 15 years. You can get through 3 times as many roofs compared to having just one metal roof installed in the first place.

Benefit Two: Metal Roofing is ‘Greener’

Installing a metal roof can instantly make your home more eco friendly and energy efficient in one fell swoop. Metal roofs are much better at keeping air in, whether it’s hot or cold, and that can lower both heating and air conditioner bills within your home. You can also mount solar panels and batteries on metal roofs in a much easier manner! 

Similarly, a metal roof is often made out of majority recycled materials. In turn, the roof itself can be recycled once it comes to the end of its natural lifespan. If a wood or shingle roof is removed, on the other hand, the resulting material is likely to end up in landfill and rot away over time. 

Benefit Three: Metal Roofs are Easier to Install

Metal is an incredibly lightweight material. Because of this, it’s easier to lift, secure, and install when it comes to a roofing project in any neighbourhood. Compared to slate and shingle tiles, which can be made out of commonly heavy materials such as wood or concrete, metal can be up to 8 times lighter on average. 

Furthermore, the graded metal used in roof jobs are cut in such a way that make them easy to handle for just one person, meaning labor can often be freed up on the worksite as well. This makes the project move faster and be less expensive in regards to your budget length. What was a weekly job can now last 2 days. 

Benefit Four: Metal Roofing Has No Minimum Pitch

In the roofing world, minimum pitch can mean a lot of things. Depending on the angle you want your roof to lie at has traditionally dictated what materials you can use. Any lower than this minimum measurement will prevent your roof from keeping out water and other forms of weather

For materials such as shingle and slate, the minimum pitch sits at 12.5 degrees. Most materials will benefit highly from having a high pitch upwards of 14 degrees. However, a metal roof can be pitched at any height and still be effective at protecting your home. High pitch, low pitch, and flat roofs can all be made out of metal without any need to consider further protection or replacement in the long run. 

Benefit Five: Metal is Good in All Weathers

When it comes to weather proofing and general durability, metal roofing once again has the advantage over other materials on the market. For example, thanks to its natural texture, a metal roof can help both rain and snow to slide straight off without collecting. This helps to extend the life of the roof, and prevent pressure from being exerted on your home. 

And not only that, but a metal roof will hold up across all seasons as well. During spring time when it’s naturally damp and moist outside, moss is less likely to grow across the surface. This also helps out during summer time, as metal is far less likely to trap moisture, meaning the top layer of your home will be far less humid during the hot months. 

Benefit Six: Metal Roofing is Naturally Fire Resistant

Another benefit that runs along the weather proofing vein is metal’s innate ability to withstand high temperatures. If you live in an area prone to sun exposure and/or wildfires, this can help your home to withstand this form of natural disaster. Both shingle and wood material can suffer in this regard. 

Indeed, both the top layer of a metal roof, as well as the insulated under layer, have fire resistant materials within them. This adds a double layer of protection to the roof of your home, ensuring fire is unlikely to make it through to the second storey of your property. 

Choosing a Metal Roof for Your Home

If you’ve got a roofing project on your hands, it’s a good idea to consider fitting your property with a new metal roof. While it may restrict your initial budget, it can save you a lot of money in the long run thanks to the material’s natural longevity and durability. 

Metal roofs can also be instantly fitted over shingles if need be, which will shorten the length of your project and help to increase the hardiness of your roofing material. 

If you want to know more about metal roofing and how it can help your home, be sure to contact us here at Hastings Roofing Service. We’ll be happy to answer any and all questions regarding your roof project and overall needs.