Why consider metal when choosing a roof? Durability, fire-resistance and energy-savings
Residential roofing experts report metal roofing is winning converts based on its durability, fire-resistance, energy savings, value and natural good looks.
The Metal Roofing Association (MRA) reports non-metal roofs last 17 years on average, but metal roofs can last a lifetime. Though higher in initial costs, they can boost homes’ resale value.They can also cut homeowners’ insurance premiums in some states by up to 35 percent.
Among factors underpinning the growth of metal roofs, few are more important than the roofing systems’ fire-resistance, the alliance reports.
The product Cosyns’ firm installs, Allmet Stone-Coated Metal Roofing, and another brand, Gerard Stone-Coated Metal Roofing Systems, both tout the benefits of their Class A Fire Ratings. This fire resistance adds to particularly high demand for these roofing systems in wildfire-prone areas of North America.
The extra durability that stone-coated metal roofing systems provide is identified as another factor in their increasing use. These systems don’t rot, warp, crack or break. They are also superior to conventional roofing systems in standing up to extreme weather with a 2.5 inch hailstone warranty, Class 4 impact rating, and 120 mile per hour wind warranty.
Metal roofs last two to three times longer than ordinary roofs, meaning they can last 40 to 60 years or longer, according to the MRA.
While conventional roofs in darker colors absorb the sun’s rays, metal roofing actually reflects them. That decreases summertime cooling loads and also insulates against winter’s cold, saving homeowners utility costs.
Metal roofing’s aesthetics are realistic and mimic natural roofing products, experts say. Both Allmet and Gerard stone-coated metal roofing systems offer an array of styles, from natural clay tiles to wood shake, natural slate and asphalt-like shingles. “The shake resembles natural shake perfectly, and the tile resembles clay tile,” Cosyns says of the roofs his firm installs throughout Ontario.
Cosyns reports homeowner customers like the functional benefits of stone-coated metal roofs, and really enjoy their curb appeal. “They love the appearance the roof provides the home,” he says.