21 Jan

The New Future of Metal Roofing

Below is an augmented article from Kevin Stapp, president of The Aluminum Shingle Co., Layton, Utah. The original post can be found here.

The Move Away From Traditional Building Products

The population of today is becoming increasingly pragmatic, organic, and green. In order to satisfy its customers, the building culture is also changing. Homeowners, contractors and architects are quite often turning away from traditionally used building products.

Arguably, the roof is one of the most visible and important parts of a building. It is incumbent upon one to research and find the most attractive, economical, and durable roofing product available. For instance, architects spend a great deal of time researching new and innovative roof systems. As a result, metal shingles, shakes, panels, and tiles are becoming a staple for roofing products.

Different Profiles and Metals

Metal roofing panels have been around, in some cases for hundreds of years, but they are becoming much more popular. With the latest technology, different profiles and metals have been utilized. Panels are now available with a slate look, a wood grain finish, shake styling, embossed details, or textured finishes; all for use in both roof and wall applications.

Steel and aluminum have been the most utilized metals, with zinc and copper quickly gaining popularity. Many panels have interlocking systems which allows for one of the highest wind uplift ratings available. With all of the wildfires in California and elsewhere, many areas are now prohibiting combustible roof products. Metal panels offer both an attractive and fire rated solution.

Many Benefits

Today’s focus is on lifespan, recyclability, energy efficiency, ease of installation, and aesthetics. Aluminum, zinc and copper are considered lifetime products. They are impervious to rust, rot, warping, and growth of moss. Steel and aluminum, on the other hand, come coated in a myriad of colors, with near lifetime warranties on the finish. In many ways, metal roofing provides both beauty and strength.

If a metal roof has to be replaced, it can be completely recycled. Additionally, copper and aluminum are made from close to 95% recycled materials. This a great selling point for the green generation. Most homeowners can expect to replace an asphalt roof 3-4 times in their lifetime. The result is a lot of asphalt shingles being dumped in landfills. Metal roofs help eliminate much of the 11 million tons of asphalt shingles disposed of annually.

Of all the roofing materials available, metal is one of the most energy efficient. Homeowners can expect up to 30% savings in energy costs. Metal will reflect heat, keeping the attic spaces cooler in the summer months, and warmer in the winter. Because of this, metal roofs are often eligible for tax credits and rebates.

When all is said and done, metal roofing is here to stay, and its future is bright.

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