Metal Roofing Benefits
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.
The first 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. Union’s Galvalume steel carries a limited 30 year warranty against rust and corrosion, the best in the industry. And just as important, paint systems now have outstanding resistance to fading, chalking, and cracking under the most stringent conditions. Union offers 40 year paint warranties as standard, and lifetime warranties are also available. These paint systems use cutting edge technology and inorganic pigments to provide the maximum protection against harmful UV rays.
The second 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 cooling costs.
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.
Metal roofs are one of the most durable, and weather resistant roofing materials on the market today and have the highest UL ratings for fire, wind, and impact resistant compared to other roofing materials. Homeowners weatherproof their houses with metal roofs because they last longer. In most areas, metal roofs can be expected to last three or more times longer than a comparable asphalt shingle roof. In areas with extreme heat, wind, humidity, or temperature extremes, the long lasting advantage of metal roofing can be even greater.
Energy Efficient Roofing
Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings – which equates to about one sixth of all electricity generated in this country. Studies conducted by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have shown that energy efficient metal roofing materials with Energy Star certified high reflectance paint systems can save you up to 40% on energy cooling costs when compared to typical asphalt roofing.
Your typical dark asphalt roofing shingle absorbs most of the sun’s energy that hits the roof, consequently making your attic a very hot place during the summer months. On the contrary, energy efficient metal roofs that are Energy Star certified works by reflecting a high percentage of the sun’s energy back into the atmosphere, lowering attic temperatures and subsequent cooling loads making your roof energy efficient.
Union offers several energy efficient metal roof colors that are Energy Star certified.
Metal roofing is available in a wide array of designs, finishes, and colors, making it ideal for the most discriminating homeowner. Whether you desire a contemporary, traditional, or old-fashioned look, you can find a metal roof that will bring out the best in your home. Check out our photo gallery or virtual roofer sections to take a look at some different styles and colors. The look of just about every house can be enhanced with the selection of the right color and design. See how your house could look with the Virtual Roofer & Color Chart.
If you’re like most homeowners, you want to maximize the resale value of your property. Re-roofing with metal has been proven to increase your home’s value. As reported in Remodeling Magazine, re-roofing with a standing seam metal roof provides a better return on investment than simply replacing the asphalt shingles. Depending on your specific area, a metal roof will typically add 1% to 6% to your home’s resale value. The highest home appreciation gains for metal roofing upgrades occur along the east coast states.
Stays Looking New, Longer
Sure, metal roofs are durable and last a long time. But how do they actually look after a couple decades of wear? The good news is that this is one of the areas where metal roofs really excel. Union’s 40 Year and Lifetime series paint systems carry warranties on color fade, chalking, and film integrity of at least 25 years. Warranties for appearance on other types of roofing products are virtually unheard of, so you’re usually on your own when the roof’s looks begin to deteriorate.
Another advantage that’s often overlooked is metal’s inherent resistance to staining from mold, mildew, and airborne algae. If you live in a humid climate, you’ve probably seen the unsightly black staining that often occurs on asphalt shingle roofs after a few years. This phenomenon is caused by airborne algae that collect on the roof and then grow in moist areas, producing stains that look like black streaks. Since asphalt shingles can absorb moisture and stay damp for extended periods of time, they can create a fertile environment for the growth of these and other microorganisms. Metal roofs are very resistant to this type of staining for several reasons. First, the smooth, hard surfaces of metal roofs make if difficult for airborne debris, dust, and plant materials to collect. Also, metal roofs don’t absorb water, eliminating the damp, fertile, environment that can lead to growth. Finally, metal roofs can be thoroughly cleaned without risking damage to the roof.
Green Roofing Materials
Metal is one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable green roofing materials you can choose for your home’s roof. Green environmentally friendly roofing materials offer energy efficiency, recyclability, and extremely low maintenance requirements.
A metal roof can save you a lot of money on upkeep and maintenance over the life of the roof. In fact, metal is the most maintenance-free roofing material on the market today. In most applications, a metal roof will require no ongoing maintenance for the life of the roof. You can forget about shingle blow-offs, cracking, buckling, and unsightly discoloration.
If we use an average example of a metal roof with a 50 year life and an asphalt shingle roof with a 16 year life, you can expect to save about 65% in total costs over the life of the roof. This roofing cost calculation includes initial roofing installation and re-roof expenditures, but ignores any emergency maintenance roofing costs, so your savings would likely be even higher, especially in severe weather areas.
If you add in the additional potential savings for energy costs, insurance cost, resale, and taxes, you can be confident that your metal roof will be a sound investment for your home and family.