A roof over your head. That’s the ultimate metaphor for security, and one that most people take for granted. Until it comes time to replace or repair your roof. Homeowners, architects and even building contractors face a bewildering variety of choices when it comes to roofing supplies and materials. Traditional materials like tile and shingle are more familiar. But for those unfamiliar with a steel roof, it’s worthwhile to consider the advantages.
A steel roof is durable and cost efficient
A steel roof has a lifetime of about thirty years. That’s much longer than shingle or tile roofs, and moreover, metal roofing needs very little maintenance. It’s more resistant to weather and the ill effects of wind, snow and rain. There are no tiles to blow off and no shingles to replace.
Keeping your roof in good repair is a regular drain on homeowner budgets, but with a metal roof, there’s no longer any need to budget for regular repairs. Like all roofs, a steel roof should be inspected regularly, but each inspection will probably come back with the reassuring message that all’s well.
A steel roof is beautiful
People are used to seeing steel roofs on barns and industrial buildings. There’s something rather utilitarian about them. Nowadays, however, residential metal roofing comes in many beautiful colors and styles, to harmonize with the overall design of the house.
Whether your house is a log cabin, cottage or executive mansion, there is a steel roof style that will match both the architecture and location.
A steel roof is ecofriendly
Metal roofing is ecofriendly for a number of reasons. For one thing, metal roofs can help reduce energy costs by reducing cooling and heating bills. Especially in warmer weather and climates, metal roofs with reflective paint can reduce cooling costs.
Energy Star rated metal roofs reflect more of the sun’s rays, keeping the structure cooler. This reflective and cooling property lasts for a long time, over the lifetime of the roof itself. Studies have shown that painted metal roofs maintain 95% of the original reflectance. Steel roofs can reduce cooling costs by up to 20%.
Further, steel roofs are made from recycled materials and are themselves recyclable. This makes them one of the most ecofriendly roofing materials around. Typically, metal roofing products contain a minimum recycled content of 25%. And at the end of their long lives, they are 100% recyclable.
A metal roof that’s durable, low maintenance and ecofriendly. The whole thing may be a little difficult to work into the lyrics of a song, but it would definitely stand for security. Homeowners who have changed over to steel roofs are certainly singing their praises.
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