The National Roofing Contractor’s Association says that the popularity of residential metal roofing has skyrocketed over the past decade. No, it isn’t that the corrugated tin barn roof look has come into style. The market now includes new types of metal roofs that look great while being durable, light weight, and fire-resistant. Once mostly used for business and industrial buildings, metal roofs have found a new home…on on homes.
There are other advantages to metal roofs. In addition to those already mentioned, metal roofs are quick to install and great at reflecting the heat from the sun. People think metal roofs make the home hotter because if they stand on a metal roof it’s hot. But that heat is reflected away from the home. If it’s hotter on top, it is cooler down below the roof.
Most metal roofs are aluminum and/or steel, but copper and other alloys are also used. While the new metal roofs can mimic the look of other traditional residential roofing materials, some architects stick to a commercial look because of its clean lines.
This is the real world and in the real world nothing is perfect. Metal roofs also have negatives which each homeowner must evaluate in relation to the advantages. At about $150-$600 per 100 square feet, a metal roof is expensive. But this expense can be recovered if the homeowner stays in the home for a long time and a metal roof helps save on engineering and structural maintenance of the supporting structure. In a rain storm having a metal roof can be a little like living inside a drum. A metal roof can be much louder than other types of roofs. But sound deadening insulation aids minimize this noise. Metal roofs, particularly aluminum and copper materials, are soft and prone to denting from hail stones. Some metal roofs, however, are warrantied against denting. When planning to walk on the roof for maintenance such as cleaning the gutters, keep in mind that a metal roof tends to be slippery when wet. Another issue is marring, including chipping, peeling and chalking, but many metal roofs are guaranteed against this.
Do not be worried about lightning strikes with metal roofs. People assume that because metal conducts electricity a metal roof will attract lightening. This is not the case, particularly when trees or other objects surrounding the home are higher than the roof. Metal roofs can also be grounded for additional protection.
In this world of worlds in which we live, residential metal roofing is sure enough to give, a homeowner a great roofing experience.