When you need a new roof, there are lots of roofing options from asphalt shingles to tiles to metal. You want an attractive roofing material that complements the architectural style of your home, but you also want a durable roof that will last years and years with little to no maintenance. Metal roofing in Lawrence is growing in popularity for a variety of reasons. Metal roofs offer a sleek, modern look in tin, zinc, aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel. And metal roofs last years and years with no maintenance and are a highly energy-efficient addition to a home.
Metal roofing materials are designed to last longer than other roofing materials. Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, depending on the grade of metal. By comparison, asphalt shingles have an estimated lifespan of 20 to 30 years, depending on the quality of the asphalt and shingle. Metal roofs offer exceptional durability. They are able to withstand wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour. The highest quality asphalt shingles are designed to withstand wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour. Metal roofs also will not corrode or crack like asphalt shingles or roofing tiles.
Another advantage of metal roofing is fire safety. Metal roofs are not combustible. Asphalt or tile roofs need plywood sheeting as a base for support. Wood sheeting dries out over the years and can catch fire due to lightning strikes or wildfires. Metal roofs are also energy efficient. The metal reflects the sun’s radiant heat. With asphalt shingles and roof tiles, the heat is actually absorbed and passes into the attic. With metal’s reflective ability, this can reduce air conditioning costs within a home by up to 25 percent. Another plus for the environment is that most metal roofs are manufactured with some recycled metal. Once a metal roof has outlived its usefulness, it is 100 percent recyclable.
Although Lawrenceville doesn’t experience harsh northeast winters with lots of snow when the ice and snow falls, a metal roof provides an optimal solution. As the winter sun comes in contact with the metal, the ice and snow heat up and slide into the gutters. This helps eliminate ice dam issues that can happen in winter weather. And then once winter thaws and the spring rains come, there is not the problem with moss or algae as these will not grow on metal roofs as they will grow on asphalt shingles of tiles.
There are many different metal roof styles and colors. Working with your roofing contractor, you can select a roof style that complements the architectural style of your home. Some homeowners select organic metals such as copper or zinc. These metals patina over time. For example, a copper roof will be bright and shiny once installed. But over time, the copper patinas and loses its brightness and appears as a muted turquoise. Metal roofs can also be painted virtually any color. To resist chipping, cracking, or peeling, the metal is sandblasted and then painted with a high-quality paint that is durable and will not fade.
A metal roof is attached to the roofing trusses with a large crane. Once a section is in place, it is bolted or screwed down to the trusses. The number and length of bolts and screws are determined by local building codes for metal roofs. These standards are based on how well the roof needs to perform in severe weather and high winds. Each panel is installed, so it overlaps with the other panels to form a tight seam that is impenetrable to water.
To learn more about the advantages of metal roofing and the installation process, call Preferred Roofing at 678-395-6880.