Metal panels are becoming a popular choice among homeowners. They are durable, resistant to fire, hail and winds over 120 mph. A great benefit realized by many homeowners is that a metal panel roof can be installed directly on top of the existing shingle roof. Along with excellent energy efficiency and a wide range of colors, many people and builders are making the switch to metal panels. In the United States’ residential re-roofing market, metal roofs make up 10% of the overall total.
Metal panels are relatively very low maintenance. Given their smooth clean look and durability, not much can damage it. They are also coated with anti-rust, heat reflective and waterproofing coatings which adds a further layer of protection. Any maintenance would be due to an installation or design mistake. Their total life could be over a century! For this reason a metal roof is considered a lifetime product.
Metal roofs are wise investments. While at first, they cost more than other roofing materials, this cost is amortized over a much longer period of time! Some States even provide incentives for those installing metal roofs due to their extensive benefits. In Texas, you can save up to 35% on your homeowners insurance.
Today, metal roofs can be manufacturers to look like any other type of roofing material, weather it is an asphalt shingle, a cedar shake or a clay tile. Therefore, you don’t even lose out on the aesthetics of the shingle. Given their durability, manufacturers provide much longer warranties. A 50 year warranty is not uncommon for a metal panel.
Coming back to the topic of the energy efficiency of metal panels, let’s talk more about it. An asphalt roof is energy absorbing given their naturally dark colors. On the other hand, metal panels are reflective and whether or not they are dark or light. The energy efficiency can cut all your foreseeable energy bills.
There are a number of common myths surrounding metal panels.
- Lightning: A metal roof does not increase the chances of your home getting struck ny lightning. Metal roofs are not combustible nor are they flammable therefore lightning provides little risk to a metal roof. It would disperse the energy throughout the roof.
- Rust: A metal roof does not rust as much as people imagine it would. New steel panels are coated with zinc and aluminum. These materials bond to the steel and provide protection against rust.
- Noise: A metal roof is not noisier than roofs made up of other materials. In fact it actually blocks out noise from bad weather or rain better that other materials.
- Dents: A metal roof is not prone to denting. They are extremely durable and can withstand years and years of bad weather, even hail and high winds.