Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

5 Reasons To Have A Metal Roof Installed

by Edgar Cruz

If it's time your home was treated to a new roof, you should consider using metal as a roofing material. Although metal roofs were once limited to agricultural and industrial construction, they've been popping up more and more in residential neighborhoods. Metal comes with many advantages over its more traditional counterparts -- following are five of them. 

Metal Has Superior Fire Safety Properties

Roofs are often the first point of defense when it comes to fires caused outside the home because fires often spread via airborne sparks. All types of metal are classified as noncombustible materials, and most have a Class A Fire Rating. However, if you should choose an aluminum roof, it will be necessary for you to have underlying fireproof material installed in order to achieve a Class A rating because aluminum has a lower melting point than other metals.

Metal Roofs Last a Long Time

Metal roofs can last for as long as the life of the structure they're covering. Unlike wood, metal doesn't rot, and unlike asphalt, it doesn't erode as a result of exposure to UV rays. They're resistant to high winds and other types of inclement weather as well, and because they're nonporous, algae, lichen, and moss colonies can't establish themselves on their surface. 

Metal Roofs Are Low Maintenance 

All the maintenance required by the average metal roof is that it's kept clean and free of organic matter such as fallen leaves and other vegetative debris. It is not necessary to seal or to powerwash metal roofs -- simply clean it with a mild dish detergent, water, and a soft clean cloth on a regular basis. You can remove rust spots by using a gentle scrubbing solution, and those who live in areas where atmospheric humidity and heavy precipitation may be conducive to the development of rust should apply a metal primer. 

Metal Roofs Can Lower Your Cooling Bills

Metal reflects the radiant heat from the sun's UV rays, therefore keeping home interiors cooler. Homeowners report seeing decreased air conditioner usage during summer after having a metal roof installed. 

Metal Roofs Are Quick and Easy to Install

Metal roofing is significantly more lightweight than most other roofing options, making overall handling easier. It usually comes in panels rather than as individual shingles, making installation much quicker. 

Please feel free to contact a metal roof contractor for more information on the advantages of opting for metal roofing.


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Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!