Historically, standing seam metal and corrugated metal roofs were mostly used in commercial and agricultural buildings. For the past few years, standing seam metal roofs have become popular for homes, too.
In our last post, we discussed metal shakes and slate roofing. In this article, roofing and siding professionals from Allstar Construction present two additional metal roofing systems: standing seam and corrugated metal panels. They will present 7 benefits of metal roofs that you need to know about.
Standing Seam and Corrugation
Standing seam and corrugation are the two most common types of metal roofs. Galvanized steel, Galvalume ® and aluminum are the most common materials used, coated for additional protection and color. Metal roofs may cost more up front than asphalt shingles, but they also last much longer. Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, depending on the material. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 20 years.
Corrugation is what you would expect – sheet metal pushed across fluted rollers to create the ridges that give the metal strength. Corrugated agricultural panels provide the obvious choice for post-frame buildings including horse barns, riding arenas, machinery storage, loafing sheds and most other agricultural buildings.
Standing seam roofs have distinctive vertical patterns with clean lines and hidden fasteners that many people find more attractive on residential, agricultural and commercial buildings. You can find them covering entire roofs, or as architectural accents covering bay windows, dormers, verandas and porches.
Here are the top benefits of these styles of metal roofs.
1. Snow, Ice and Blizzard Resistant
In our northern climate, metal is a great roofing material. Metal roofing is extremely resistant to snow and ice formation, with ice sliding right off and not building up to form ice dams. It can also withstand strong winds, making it ideal for blizzard climates.
For homeowners who are looking to make their home more eco-friendly, a metal roof may be the perfect roof replacement option. Metal roofs not only have 25-95% recycled content, depending on the material used, but are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life as a roof.
3. Weight and Durability
Though they may not seem like it, roofers will tell you that standing seam metal roofs weigh less than asphalt shingles and can also grant better protection against snow, wind, ice and hail. Metal roofing materials won’t crack, warp, or rot, meaning it’s one of the most durable roofing materials available. Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, depending on the material.
4. Fire Safety
Metal roofs will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike. You may realize insurance savings with a metal roof on your house.
5. Wide Range of Options
When it comes to colors, materials, widths and shapes, metal roofs can offer you a wide variety of options. You can choose between steel, aluminum, metal and copper and zinc, in many different color options.
6. Low Upkeep
If you lead a busy lifestyle and don’t have much time to maintain your roofing system, metal roofs aren’t anything to worry about. As it stands, they’re one of the most low-maintenance roofing materials available since they’re coated in zinc-aluminum alloy that allow them to resist corrosion for a near indefinite amount of time.
Another benefit you can get from metal roofs is energy efficiency. With the highly reflective paints that are factory-applied to the roof’s surface, they can reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10-25%.
For more information about metal roofing products for your home or business, including copper and custom made metal pieces, please contact the professionals at Allstar Construction. We are your leading providers of trustworthy and reliable roof repair, replacement and restoration services. Call (763) 479-8700 or fill out our online contact form and get a free quote today.