Offering the Best in Roofing With Metal


A group called Metal Roofing Alliance was formed back in 1998 and they began tracking the roofing market, they reported that metal compromised just 4 percent of the residential reroofing market and 1 to 2 percent of the home construction market. In 2009, a survey was conducted and it showed that overall market share of 11 percent in the residential reroofing segment and a 5.5 percent market share in the smaller new construction market. So now here we see that there has been an increase in metal roofing in applications other than steel buildings, but we are wondering why? Well this is due to such amazing advantages of metal roofing. On average, a non-metal roof lasts 10- 20 years. Asphalt shingles only last up to 17 years, however metal roofing can last two to three times longer than that! Now that’s amazing!

Now here we can talk a bit about the roof materials and colours. Because of its base material, metal roofing works as a weather-resistant system for a really long time. Residential metal roofs are made from galvanized steel, this can be Galvalume or aluminum, however other metals are available as well such as zinc or copper. Also, these metal roofs are made from recycled content and can be recycled after the useful life of the building. You may also add high performance coatings at any time during the manufacturing process to help prolong the life of the roofing panels. Coatings also reduce energy consumption and improve solar reflectance. Highly reflective colours or dark colours formulated with special infrared reflective pigments reduce energy consumption. 70 percent of solar reflectance can be achieved from metal roofs. Keep in mind that colours of a coating can affect a roof’s reflectivity. Another advantage of metal roofing is that they are great for renewable energy systems.

Now here we can look at pricing. Metal roofing should be considered in terms of life and value not just on price. We realize that the installed cost may be more expensive than traditional roofing, however, metal roofs will last longer and help to lower utility bills. They may also qualify for a tax credit of up to $1,500. Part of the Stimulus package which originated in 2009, a credit can be given worth up to 30 percent of material cost up to $1,500 per building. A metal roof can even lower some insurance premiums by as much as 35 percent.

Metal roofing is not only a preferred choice for steel buildings but quickly now becoming a preference on all buildings.


Source by Jon Smithinson