What is metal roofing?

by | Jul 21, 2014 | Roofing

A metal roof is an excellent choice for a home, it brings beauty, it is very durable and a metal roof can bring down the cost of energy used for heating and cooling. A metal roof from a Spokane roofing company can be had in a wide variety of colors, textures and styles. Metal roofing has a number of excellent features and there are also advantages over asphalt shingles. A metal roof provides excellent protection against the elements; rain, snow and wind without having to sacrifice beauty.

Metal roofing has a number of advantages, for one it is considerably more durable than conventional asphalt tiles. A metal roof’s life expectancy is between 30 and 60 years and during this time there is less in the way of disintegration which leads to the need for maintenance. Although a metal roof lasts longer than a composite asphalt tile roof the cost of installation can be higher but on the other hand the material is lighter which puts less stress on the roof which can be very important when the roof is subjected to snow loading.

Metal roofs are naturally resistant to fire; those families which have their homes located in areas which are prone to wildfires often site this as the primary reason for installing a metal roof. Ceramic tile roofs are also naturally fire resistant but the weigh more and are often only applicable to homes which have a specific architectural style such as those found in the desert southwest. As metal expands and contracts the material offers solid protection year around, resisting the effects of high heat, wind, heavy snow loading and anything else that nature can throw at it.

A Spokane roofing company can offer the homeowner or architect many different styles of metal roofing that can compliment homes which are Victorian in design or contemporary. This is possible as the metal roof can be coated with almost any color or it can be textured to give the impression of wood shakes or slate.

A metal roof tends to reflect a good deal of the suns energy; this contributes to a substantial savings in energy costs over the years. It is estimated that a light colored metal roof can drop the cost of air-conditioning a home during the summer months by up to 20 percent. In some areas because it is naturally fire resistant, insurance companies offer discounts as the risk is minimized. As metal roofing is made from recyclable materials it also appeals to those who are concerned about the environment.

A metal roof is about as durable a surface as you will ever find. If you are considering this you are invited to discuss the pros and cons with Premier Roofing Contractors, a Spokane roofing company that are metal roofing experts.

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