What is a Metal Roof?
A metal roof is simply a roofing system made using metal pieces, tiles, or panels. A metal roof is a part of the roofing envelope which is the physical separator between the inside and outside of the building and is designed to provide resistance to air, water, heat and sound. The roof also contributes to structural support and is a significant contributor to the overall aesthetic appearance of a building.
Types of Metal Roofing:
- Exposed fastener panels
- Standing seam panes
- Retrofit systems
What are Exposed Fastener Panels?
Exposed fastener panels offer immense versatility because of the wide range of panels offered. Customers can select from 12 different panel styles. Exposed Fastener panels are not just utilized on exterior applications. They are also commonly used for interior applications, like liner panels and architectural elements.
Exposed Fastener panels offer outstanding technical properties and can be utilized for both new construction and retrofit projects.
What is Standing Seam Metal Roofing?
Standing seam metal roofing panels are a product family of metal roofing. In the purest form, they are panels with male and female legs that are engaged and installed with clips to the roofing substructure. As panel options have grown however, it is common to see clipless panels included in this product family as well.
Regardless of the attachment method, it can consistently be maintained that standing seam panels do not use exposed fasteners in the plane of the panel during panel installation. Depending on project specifics, exposed fasteners may or may not be utilized for trim applications.
More about the Benefits of Metal Roofing
Metal roofing stands toe-to-toe against Mother Nature.
Metal roofing consistently outperforms shingles when it comes to resisting harsh elements. In addition to being fire and hail resistant, metal roofs are also effective against extreme winds. Many insurance companies recognize the durability of metal roofing, offering discounts for structures with metal roofs.
Is metal roofing a better long-term value than shingles?
While the upfront costs of installing a metal roof are often higher than shingles, a metal roof lasts longer and will be replaced or repaired far less frequently. A typical shingle roof lasts anywhere from 12 to 20 years, depending upon how well it’s maintained and weather elements it may encounter. Metal roofs, on the other hand, can last between 40 and 60 years while also requiring less maintenance, making them a more cost-effective choice over the lifespan of the roof.
A metal roof can actually lower your energy costs.
Thanks to a combination of ASV (Above Sheathing Ventilation) and special coating designed to reflect the sun’s energy and release absorbed heat, metal roof panels can reduce energy costs by as much as 20% compared to asphalt shingles.
Does metal roofing attract lightning strikes?
The odds of a lightning strike hitting a metal roof are the same as any other roof, regardless of material. In the event that there is a lightning strike, however, metal roofing will not ignite and catch fire since it is not combustible.
Is all metal roofing created equal?
Definitely not! Like most building materials, metal roofing is available in varying levels of quality.
Are metal roofs energy efficient?
Metal roofing is an energy efficient, environmentally friendly roofing material that offers cost savings and a long lifespan.