When the Time is Right to Hire a Metal Roof Contractor
- Posted by - Allison Plank
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Every house and public building needs a roof to keep out the elements, and roofs also contribute to a building’s climate control. Without it, warm air escapes the home in winter and cool air will escape in summer, so a roof has many jobs to perform. One popular model of roof today is a metal roof, and a roofing contractor from a metal roof company can install one for any interested homeowners. Metal roof companies can get this job done just right, and commercial roofing contractors may even entirely remove an old roof, such as an asphalt shingle one, and put down aluminum roofing or a steel roof. There are a number of advantages to hiring a roofing contractor to install such a metal roof, and such a roof is tough, attractive to the eye, and can save the homeowner a fair amount of money in the long run. Is it the right time to hire a roofing contractor and get a metal roof put in place?
Metal is Tough
Metal in any form is known for its toughness, and today, steel, copper, and aluminum are common metals used by a roofing contractor to install a metal roof. Is such a roof strong enough to stand up to wind, hail, and falling tree branches? In nearly every case, yes, and a roofing contractor can get it all set up just right. Metal roofs may especially attractive to homeowners who live in storm-prone areas, such as Tornado Alley or Florida, where tornadoes or hurricanes, respectively, may strike. Other roofs may be badly damaged by flying debris or get blasted off entirely by a storm’s strong winds, but a metal roof can stand up to such weather. A metal roof can endure winds as fast as 140 MPH, making them ideal for moderate to strong tornadoes and hurricanes alike, even where flying debris is concerned. A lot of property damage from a hurricanes is not only the flooding and blown-out windows, but also badly damaged or missing roofs. A metal roof may be left standing where other roofs will be compromised.
These tough metal roofs are a great investment in other ways, even if a home is not expecting tornadoes or hurricanes to threaten it. These roofs are made from 30-60% recycled metals, which makes them economical as well as durable, and they are 100%^ recyclable when they reach the end of their service lives. This makes them especially attractive to homeowners who take part in the worldwide “go green” initiative to reduce pollution and increase recycling and resource efficiency. A typical metal roof, in fact, may be expected to last three to seven times longer than a regular asphalt shingle one, and metal roofs may last as long as 50 years if they get proper maintenance. In fact, an aluminum-zinc alloy-coated roof can be expected to last an entire century, making it useful for not only the current homeowner, but the next one, and possibly the one after that, too.
It is clear that metal roofs are tough and last a long time. But there are even more advantages to having a metal roof over one’s head. These roofs, on the aesthetic side, come in a huge variety of around 100 colors or so, broader than the color range for shingles on other roofs. These roofs are also economical to install, and tend to cost 30% less to install than typical slate or shingle roofs. Metal roofs are also effective where climate control is concerned. The roof of any home may potentially leak warm or cool air during certain times of the year, but with proper insulation added, a metal roof can help increase the home’s insulation efficiency. If a home can control its temperature better, this eases strain on the heating and cooling system, and that in turn can lower the electric bill. A metal roof may save as much as 25% or maybe a little more on a home’s yearly energy bill.
A roof badly damaged from a storm can be replaced with a metal one, or a homeowner may buy a very old house and hire a roofing contractor to replace the shoddy old roof with a metal one.