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Metal roofing and energy efficiency

A new trend that past few years has been metal roofing for homes. They have always been on barns and workshops out in the country or on commercial buildings. Metal roofing began showing up on homes in the country and then metal roofs to city homes are appearing, where regulations and standards allowed them.

The question that many people have about metal roofing on homes is why?  A frequently asked question is “Does a metal roof lower your insurance?” because that is something every homeowner is always looking for – a way to lower their expenses. The answer to this is yes, in most cases. The base insurance rates on the area you live and the surrounding circumstances. For example, if you’re in a hurricane zone, metal roofing may not make that much difference in your rates. However, insurance companies are all about replacing older roofs because of their susceptibility to leaking, lost and missing shingle loss, etc.

Today, an insurance company is more favorable for metal roofing on houses because they are fire-resistant and have fewer damage claims after hailstorms and high winds. Anything that can save an insurance company from paying out claims, they are in favor of, like anything you can have done to prevent foundation repairs, busted plumbing pipes, etc. 

Is it cheaper to get a metal roof or shingles? 

New metal roofing is 2 to 3 times more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles. There are several factors that influence metal roofing prices. Factors like the metal type, roof-style, geographic location, and the complexity of the job. 

Keep in mind that residential grade level metal roofing requires parts and pieces like metal seam strips and screws. Also, there are advantages and benefits of metal roofing that asphalt shingle doesn’t offer. Those benefits include: 

  • 50 years or more lifespan with exceptional performance
  • Multiple styles to match your home’s style
  • Wind resistant due to interlocking panels
  • Resistant to fire
  • Energy-efficient year-round
  • Lightweight preserves the structure’s integrity
  • Environmentally Safe

How do you take care of a metal roof? 

As durable and reliable as metal roofing is, it isn’t indestructible. That said, here are some tips on keeping your metal roofing in good shape: 

  • Keep Trees Cut Back and Debris Cleared: When a tree can keep rubbing against a metal roof, it will damage the finish and high wind can compromise the fasteners.  Debris left on a metal roof will decompose and strip the finish. A basic window cleaner and a long pole are all you need to clean your metal roofing.
  • Keep Gutters Clean: Keeping the gutters clean is essential in extending the lifespan of your roof. Dirt and leaves left in the gutters will clog the gutters. The water then overflows and puddles around the foundation of your home. After enough time, the foundation will crack, and the structure of the house weakens. 
  • Avoid Walking on It: Other than occasional cleaning or if our HVAC system is roof-mounted, there is no need to be walking on your metal roofing. You should always advise any HVAC technician you have metal roofing so they can take precautions. 
  • Repair Broken Fasteners: As soon as you notice any dislodged or loose screws, they need to be tightened or replaced promptly. When fasteners and screws aren’t tight or replaced, it allows the metal sheets to loosen and eventually, a leak will develop. 
  • Check the Sealant: This is one area that you will want to check twice a year. As good as technology has advanced, they have not invented a sealant that lasts the same lifespan as metal roofing itself.
  • Repair Holes and Separations. This is better left with an experienced roofing professional that works with metal roofing. It needs to be addressed immediately to protect the roof’s integrity. When left alone, they leave the roof susceptible to creating leaks. 
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What are the disadvantages of a metal roof? 

There are two commonly asked questions about metal roofing: 

Is a metal roof loud when it rains?

Metal roofs have a reputation of being loud in a rainstorm. The fact is that when metal roofing has been properly installed, it isn’t any louder in the rain than any other roofing material. 

Will metal roof fade?      

Perhaps one of the biggest questions about metal roofing is “and the answer is yes. A painted metal roofing is subjected to the climate, elements, pollution, and UV rays. Over time, these elements will cause fading. 

Metal roofing is gaining popularity. It gives a home not only durability but a unique appearance without being too different. It will eliminate the constant maintenance of a traditional asphalt shingled roof, and the improvement will make your home worth more when placed on the market. If you never sell your house, you will reap the benefits and enjoy the ROI over the years. Dial 832-246-7884 today for metal roof installation in The Woodlands, TX.