The Trend Towards Metal Roofing
As the demand for green building design and practices continues to increase, one way developers are adapting is through an extensive use of metal roofing on both commercial and residential projects. According to research conducted by the Metal Roofing Alliance, an estimated 750,000 metal roofs were installed on homes in 2015 alone, and the number is steadily on the rise. In order to satisfy the interest for environmentally-friendly building practice, developers should understand the practicality and benefits metal roofing brings.
Combining Style and Durability
Metal roofing offers a combination of both durability and style, with several different building materials available for use and many colors to choose from. Prospective developers can decide on the type of metal, dependent on environmental factors, including copper, aluminum, zinc, and steel. The metal can also be laid out to mimic traditional shingles, or in ribbed panels for a more industrial look. Due to the nature of these metals, a major appeal is the durability, fire-resistance, and lifespan of the roof itself. If installed properly, metal roofs should be able to last about 40-70 years, compared to a normal asphalt roof’s life expectancy of about 12-20 years, making it a sound financial investment.
Cost and Energy Savings
Intrinsic to the nature of metal roofing is savings in both cost and energy. Although metal roofing may have a greater initial cost than traditional asphalt roofing, owners typically save more in the long run due to the minimal cost of maintenance and issues. There are also considerable savings to be noted in terms of energy efficiency; as metal roofs reflect solar radiation and heat, they can reduce building cooling costs by 10-25%. Metal roofing is 100% recyclable and Energy Star-certified roofs also receive a tax credit from the federal government due to their sustainability benefits.
Proper Installation is Key
Metal roofing is an investment, and in order to secure that investment it is essential to find experienced roofers to install it correctly. This helps to avoid any possible issues with rainwater damage, color, fastener rust/failure, or panel waving. Proper installation of the metal roof will ensure that these issues will be minimized and you reap the benefits of your new roof for many, many years to come.
Sustainable, green building practices are in high demand, as more businesses, clients, and developers see the significance of reducing the adverse environmental impacts some traditional building practices may entail. One step towards realizing this goal is the decision to incorporate metal roofing into new or existing structures in practical areas. Consider the benefits of metal roofing as you make your design decisions for your next construction project.