5 Surprising Facts About a Metal Roof

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Metal roofs are becoming increasingly common, and for good reason. Here’s a look at five surprising benefits of this durable and affordable roofing choice.

High Wind Resistance

A metal roof is a great choice for those who live in windy regions because of their high uplift resistance. Unlike shingles and shakes, which can easily get pulled off by a strong wind, the large panels used to create metal roofs are hard for the wind to tear apart. They are also less likely to be partially dislodged by ice and then blown off in a winter storm – a concern for those who have vacation homes in colder regions.

Energy Efficiency

Investing in a metal roof will help to lower your energy bills, especially during the hot summer months.  This roofing material naturally reflects more sunlight, keeping your home cooler so your air conditioner does not have to work as hard. There are even special “cool roof” coatings that can be applied to metal roofs to improve their energy efficiency even further.

Style Variability

When many people think of metal roofs, they picture the shiny tin roofs of yesteryear. However, today’s metal roofs come in hundreds of styles and colors. Some are even made to mimic the look of other roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles or cedar shakes. Whether you have a modern, Craftsman, Victorian, or any other style of home, we can help you find a metal roof that coordinates with its design.

Longevity

If you have a metal roof put on now, chances are good that you’ll never have to replace it again in your lifetime. Metal roofs generally last for 50 years or more. Compare that to the 20 year life expectancy of a shingle roof, and a metal roof looks like a truly great investment.

Low Maintenance

Metal roofs require very little in the way of maintenance. They are not a breeding grounds for algae and mold like many other roofing materials, so you won’t have to worry about frequent roof cleaning. There are no shingles to replace or keep nailing down. Today’s metal roofs are made from rust-proof materials, like zinc-aluminum blend, so you don’t even have to paint or coat them. Re-sealing the joints between panels every 20 years or so is the only typical maintenance that is sometimes needed.

If you’re in the market for a new roof, be sure to strongly consider metal. Its longevity, ease of upkeep, and energy efficiency make it well worth the investment.

Contact Yellowhammer Roofing to learn more about metal roofing and the superior services available in Birmingham, Huntsville, and the surrounding area.

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