Why Metal Roofing?

BECAUSE SHINGLES ARE NO MATCH FOR MOTHER NATURE

DESIGN & AESTHETIC

  • Residential metal roofing is one of the fastest growing segments of home improvement ­ more than quadrupling its market share over the past decade.
  • A metal roof has a distinctive, crisp and authentic look.
  • Long clean lines, in whatever colour you can imagine, give a fresh, timeless yet contemporary character to a dominant, visible element of the building¹s composition.
  • The roof is the fifth design façade of the house. Use the roof to add texture with corrugated and diamond rib, and long clean striking lines with standing seam. You can¹t leave the roof out of the design any more than you¹d put on a nice shirt and ignore your hair.
  • More architects are using metal roofs for their ability to convey the design ideas that inform the entire house. The roof form can be so sharp and so articulated, particularly in a modern house: let the roof carry that message.
  • Use this material to highlight porches and dormers, which tend to have lower pitches. Standing seam can be used on low-pitched roofs, where shingles would not be appropriate.
  • Wide range of colors and finishes to meet today¹s home design trends with versatility and flair.

DURABILITY

  • Proven performance expectation of 50+ years.
  • Other than copper and slate, both very expensive, metal roofs have the best longevity.
  • Interlocking panels and flashing have maximum wind resistance.
  • Low weight to help preserve structural integrity and life.
  • Hidden fastener panels for beauty and weathertightness.
  • Metal roofs are painted with high-performance polymers that have exceptional weathering properties. Over time you might notice a slight change in color due to the settling of airborne contamination, but occasional rain or washing the roof with a garden hose (from the ground) will keep the roof looking like new.

VALUE

  • Learn from Warren Buffett: “Price is what you pay, value is what you get.” If you plan to be in your home more than one re-roof cycle, it¹s a better deal to go with metal.
  • Metal roofing does not create any objectionable noise during rainstorms. Attic airspace and ventilation play a role in sound absorption as well.
  • Speed of installation: a quick to install product cuts down on labour costs, saving you money.
  • Metal roofing fits the middle-ground between economy and durability. Metal roofs are a premium product and cost somewhat more than a 20 year warranty asphalt/fiberglass shingle roof; however a metal roof can cost substantially less than many of the high-end architectural shingles now being sold.
  • A metal roof can save you money on your heating and cooling costs because it has a higher heat reflectivity than other roofing products like asphalt/fiberglass shingles, wood, tile, etc. During the summer it makes buildings cooler by efficiently reflecting away sunlight and reducing the amount of heat transmitted into the building. Likewise, it makes buildings warmer in the winter by reflecting inside heat from the underside of the roof back into the building. This good thermal reflectivity translates into energy savings by reducing cooling costs in the summer and heating costs in the winter.
  • Metal roofs are very tough and highly resistant to hail damage… much more so than asphalt/fiberglass shingles. In fact, many metal roofing products have the highest impact resistance and hail rating granted by the insurance commissions in the hail belt regions of the U.S. Some insurance companies even provide a reduced rate for metal roofs.
  • Many styles have been tested to withstand hurricane force winds.

SAFETY

  • Interlocking panels for maximum wind resistance.
  • Sheds snow quickly, before it builds up to weighty depths.
  • Fire resistant, especially appropriate if you have a stovepipe or chimney. A steel roof is the most fire safe roof. It is classified as a noncombustible roofing material with a Class ³A² rating – the highest rating given.
  • Metal roofs are significantly lighter than other types of roofs. Typically they weigh less than one-third the weight of asphalt/fiberglass shingles; and are as much as 75% lighter than clay, concrete or slate.
  • Steel roofing is no more susceptible to lightning than any other roofing material. Lightning most frequently strikes the highest point in any terrain; and if your roof is at the highest point of the surrounding terrain, you can install lightning rods.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT

  • Recycled content of up to 95%
  • Minimal carbon footprint, unlike traditional shingles.
  • Reduces attic temperatures by up to 34%
  • Lends itself well to rain water harvesting. With its smooth clean surface, less filtering is required of water from a metal roof, compared to asphalt shingles which shed small particles, and possibly other chemicals.
  • Integrates with most photovoltaic solar collection systems.
  • Long-life sustainability: Eliminates the need for landfill disposal of old roofing materials every 15 years.
  • Typically last 50 years or more, double and triple the lifespan of asphalt shingles.
  • Low weight minimizes transportation cost and can extend a building¹s life.
  • 100% recyclable if it is ever replaced.
  • Very low “Embodied Energy.”
  • Virtually zero out-gassing.