Why Metal Roofing?
Advantages and Benefits of a Metal Roof
- Metal roofs don't crack, warp, curl, split, flake, break, or bur
- Metal roofs are durable and long lasting
- Metal roofs are the best choice for wind, fire and hail resistance
- At 1/3 the weight of asphalt shingles, metal roofs put less stress on the house structure
- Metal roofs offer an outstanding warranty - up to 40 years!
- Metal roofs are available in 23 colors
- Metal roofs are low maintenance
- Metal roofs can be installed over your existing shingle roof
- Metal roofs can reduce the cost of your homeowners insurance up to 35%
- Metal roofs add value to your house and are pleasing to the eye
- Metal roofs reflect heat better, saving energy and lowering your energy costs
Reed's Metals carries a full line of metal roofing and roofing supplies, including:
- Pipe boots
- Skylights / Light kits
- Vents / Exhaust fans
- Lathing / Hat channels
- Touch-up paint
- Butyl tape
Installing a new roof or replacing an existing one may be the largest investment you
make this year. The most important considerations are durability, cost, weather protection
and fire resistance.
Cost must be considered across the lifespan of the roof. Installed and maintained properly, the average life of a non-metal roof is 17 years. Asphalt can require re-roofing every 10 to 20 years, often sooner.
A metal roofing system offers unmatched durability, lasting 2 to 3 times longer. Installed and maintained properly, a metal roof can last as long as you desire. All of the coatings are stain resistant and are warranted up to 40 years regardless of the panel design you choose. Chances are good that a metal roof will be the last roof you ever install on your home.
In the past, homeowners have chosen asphalt shingle roofs, because they are initially low in cost and are easy to replace when damaged.
A metal roof can cost up to 1/3 more than a shingle roof. However, considering the lifespan and warranty of the metal roof, if the homeowner expects to stay in the home it is the better value. Plus the extra initial cost comes with many benefits.
Consider the cost to the environment as well. Metal is one of the most environmentally friendly roofing materials. The long life of a metal roof means it creates minimal waste, and when metal roofs are ready to be replaced they are highly recyclable. Metal roofing also reflects heat better than other roof products, helping to save energy and lower your energy costs.
WEATHER PROTECTION AND FIRE RESISTANCE
Metal roofs can withstand gale-force winds. Their overlap design offers superior resistance to shingle roofs. Plus the metal roof weighs much less than the shingle roof, putting less stress on the structure of the house.
Shingle roofs may be treated to be fire resistant, but metal roofs are fire proof which is not only safer but may result in a lower insurance premium. Metal panels do not crack, warp, curl, or split as shingles can. Moreover, metal panels won't deteriorate from the sun and won't corrode like asphalt shingles.
DISPELLING THE MYTHS ABOUT METAL ROOFS
A metal roof will not increase the likelihood of lightning striking your home. However, if your home were hit by lightning, your metal roof would disperse the energy safely throughout the structure. Since metal roofing isn't combustible or flammable, it's a low risk and desirable roofing option where severe weather is a concern.
Today's metal roofing systems are built to last. Steel metal roofing has a "metallic coating" made of either zinc or a combination of zinc and aluminum. This metallic coating prevents rust from forming and is bonded to the steel at the factory. Paint is then applied over the metallic coating to provide the long-lasting color homeowners desire
A common misconception is that a metal roof will be noisier than other types of roofing. When installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof on your home will actually silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather, much better than other roofing materials.
In most cases, a metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like hail, high winds, and heavy snow. Today's systems also have a 150-mph wind rating (equal to an F2 tornado), meaning your metal roof is also safe from wind gusts that can accompany hail storms.
Many people think you can't (or shouldn't) walk on a metal roof, but the truth is that you can safely walk any metal roof without damaging it. Before you walk your roof, however, we recommend you talk to your installer or roof manufacturer first. They will have the details on how to walk the particular roof you have, based on the style you chose and your roof pitch.