The exterior of your home sees a lot of wear and tear and this is particularly true for your roof. As your home’s first line of defense against the elements, residential roofing is vulnerable to all sorts of damage, much like a helmet to a motorcyclist. Thus, the material you choose for your roofing is essential to protecting the interior of your home from harm. You wouldn’t wear a motorcycle helmet made of cheap plastic, would you? So why would you choose a cheap, flimsy roofing material?
Many people select asphalt shingles because they have a history of being the primary roofing material for nearly a century, but did you know that a typical metal roof will last as much as seven times longer than one made of asphalt? Metal roofing often last 50 years or more when maintained properly, and some steel roofing is coated with aluminum-zinc alloy, which provides the roof with a lifespan of up to 100 years.
Like a quality motorcycle helmet, a metal roof is constructed for maximum protection. Metal roofing will prevent major damage caused by weather hazards because it has a 140 mile per hour wind rating. Metal generally holds up better against rain, sleet, hail, snow, and other weather-related threats as well.
Because metal is less likely to develop cracks and gaps as a result of weather, metal roofs can easily save a homeowner as much as 25% of her annual home energy bill. In addition to being energy efficient, they are easily recyclable and therefore good for the environment in more than one way. Steel is one of the most recycled materials in the world. A new metal roof may contain anywhere from 30 to 60% recycled content and is completely recyclable at the end of their service lives.
Finally, metal roofing is less expensive than one might expect. Even the highest priced types of metal, such as copper, zinc, and stainless steel, will cost up to 30% less than the cheapest slate or tile roof.
When you are selecting a roofing material for your home, choose one that provides the best protection. It is as simple as that.