Metal roofing has a very long history in the USA as well as across the globe. Notre Dame, The Pantheon, Monticello, even the cap of the Washington Monument – all of these had some form of metal protecting them. But, while metal was originally costly and time-consuming, meaning it was used largely on various significant structures, modern technology has made it an affordable, beautiful, and green option for residential use as well.
Modern Metal Roofing
Many of today’s metal roofs are designed to look like traditional roofing materials. You can choose shake, slate, and tile looks in metal, as well as the traditional standing seam. This means that your home can feature a beautiful and beneficial metal roof yet still fit in any residential setting.
What are the benefits of metal roofing? In addition to looks, the durability of these products attracts most homeowners. Metal panels can interlock with one another so there are no “open” edges to curl or blow up, allowing water infiltration. This helps these products achieve the highest possible wind ratings. And, of course, the metal is fire resistant as well as resistant to streaking and staining by algae, fungus, and mold.
Metal roofs also offer energy efficiency. Many of today’s coatings use reflective pigment technology to reflect away radiant heat even in dark colors. Additionally, metal roofs that have heavier forming, such as shake and tile profiles, have an integral air gap between the metal and the roof deck, stopping conductive heat transfer as well. Homeowners often report energy savings of 20% and even more with these products.
Finally, today’s metal roofs have high recycled content. This means that homeowners can close the recycling loop with a major home purchase. Aluminum roofs have recycled content of 95% or more while steel and copper are around 35%. And, of course, the minimal scrap created when the roofs are installed is 100% recyclable.