The use of metal roofing material is growing in residential construction in the United States. Fort Worth roofing professionals have seen firsthand some of the benefits of using metal roofs. One benefit is the fact that metal roofs can be molded to fit different roofing styles and a homeowner's personal taste. Metal roofs offer aesthetic advantages, are easy to install, have a long life cycle and offer energy savings.
Conventional roofing materials like asphalt shingles absorb energy from the sun. This energy is transferred into the attic of the home, increasing its temperature. As a result, homeowners spend more money on air conditioning during the summer. Asphalt shingles hold onto stored heat for a long time. This means that they can continue to heat the attic long after the sun has set. Conversely, metal roofing, especially when it has a reflective coating, reflects a good portion of the sun's rays. Metal cools quickly. As a result, the attic and living space underneath a metal roof stay cooler.
Metal is a lightweight material and can be easily installed over an existing roof.
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This saves homeowners money because they do not have to pay to tear off old roofing material or to dispose of old roofing material. Additionally, because metal roofing is so easy to install, labor costs are kept at a minimum.
Metal roofs are aesthetically pleasing. They can be shaped and molded to the homeowner's taste. They can emulate the appearance of slate shingles, wood shakes and asphalt shingles and are available in a wide array of colors and finishes.
One of the misconceptions that people have about a metal roof is that when it rains, it makes a lot of noise. However, residential metal roofs are installed on top of a plywood deck or a felt underlayment. This means that any noise generated by the metal roof is absorbed by the decking material underneath. Additionally, attic insulation provides noise reduction.
Installing a metal roof is more expensive than installing asphalt shingles. However, metal has a life cycle cost that is drastically lower than conventional materials. Asphalt shingles must be replaced every 10 to 12 years. Metal roofs, on the other hand, can last for half of a century or more with little to no maintenance.
Metal roofs are quickly becoming one of the most popular roofing materials used in residential construction. They are durable, fire resistant, environmentally friendly and appealing, which adds to a home's value.