In the past, metal roofs were seen mainly on tool sheds, barns, and industrial buildings. It was a cost-effective solution because the roof was durable, strong, and required very little maintenance. But after a few years, streaks of rust, patched seams, and mismatched colors made them harder to appreciate. It’s important to learn how metal roofing has changed, the pros and cons, and what makes it more appealing for your home today.
Traditional Metal Roofing
Initially, many homeowners wouldn’t choose the commercial look of standing seam metal panels that may clash with other design elements. But other concerns about metal roofs may include:
• Affordability. Metal roofs can be up to three times more expensive than other roofing materials.
• Noise. Metal roofs are noisier during heavy rain or hailstorms and require adding attic insulation to solve this problem.
• Lifespan of fasteners. Metal roofing panels expand and contract as they warm and cool. Fasteners have varying lifespans.
• Inconsistent color match. If a repair is required or an addition is put on the property years later, it can be hard to match it.
• Trustworthy roofing professionals. Poor-quality installation or repair can cause damage from standing water. Using thinner, low-grade metals that are less durable can cause more rusting and dents during hailstorms and in certain climates.
New Metal Roofing Products
Metal roofing materials have changed, and new roofing systems like DECRA may even be the best choice for residential homes. DECRA uses stone-coated steel roofing products that mimic tile, shingle, and shakes for a durable and beautiful look that lasts.
An emulsion coating derived from an advanced acrylic base preserves the underlying aluminum-zinc alloy coated steel making them rust resistant. Not only does it provide superior protection, but it offers soundproofing with a cushion of granular stone, reducing noise in the rain and hail more than other metal roofing. The airspace between the roof deck and panels also insulates you from extreme weather temperatures and helps prevent ice dams that cause winter roof leaks.
DECRA roofs are designed to allow roofing professionals to carefully walk on them without causing damage when it’s necessary to inspect and make repairs. Metal roofs may be a little more expensive to install, but they have a minimum 50-year life span that doubles the life of a typical shingle roof, as well as clay tile or wood shakes that are more susceptible to wind and weather.
Why You Should Choose DECRA Metal Roofing
Longevity is the main reason to choose metal roofing. Many buildings still maintain metal roofs installed more than a century ago. But the eco-friendly movement has homeowners focusing more on sustainability and other great benefits that make their roof:
• Energy Efficient: Heating and cooling costs are reduced up to 25% using enhanced radiant heat emission and reflectivity.
• Sustainable: Metal roof systems use up to 95% recycled content and are 100% recyclable when they need to be replaced.
• Durable: Metal roofs can withstand winds up to 120 mph and greater impacts from hail and wind-driven debris depending on the type of metal chosen. And they don’t crack or split.
If you want a new roof that lasts longer, ask Rose Roofing professionals about DECRA metal roof systems. They protect your home for 50-70 years with proper maintenance, while conventional materials need replacing after 10-20 years. Contact us to request an estimate. We help you compare the pricing, unique qualities, and benefits of different roof systems to discover which makes the most sense for your home and circumstances.
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