Choosing the roofing material for your home can have important consequences for the future. For example, if you put asphalt shingles on your home, they can absorb the UV rays from the sun, transform them into heat, and then allow that heat to seal into your home. This can lead to increased air conditioning bills. Metal roofing can help to keep your cooling costs down, but it can also bring a few other important benefits.
Cutting your Cooling Costs
Metal is a naturally reflective material. This means that it will deflect much of the sun's rays away from the home. Reflectivity is important, but you also need to look for emissivity. Some metals will retain whatever heat they absorb, which means that this heat can then transfer into your home. Metal that is treated with an emissive coating will allow the heat to escape the metal and much of the heat will escape into the atmosphere. Thus, metal roofing will help to keep reduce your cooling costs by up to 40%.
Protection from Snow Weight
Roofing materials that have a rough surface will keep snow from sliding off of your roof. The more that snow accumulates on your roof, the more you have to worry that the weight of the snow will cause your roof to collapse. Obviously roof collapse puts your home and your family at risk. In order to keep your family safe in an area that receives a lot of snow, you need to choose a roofing material that will protect your home. Metal roofing has a low-friction surface that will allow snow to slide right off of your roof before it has a chance to cause problems.
The longer your roof lasts, the less you have to worry about replacing your roof. Decreasing the frequency of roof replacements will help you to save money. A galvanized steel roof will last for up to sixty years and a copper roof can last for hundreds of years. Thus, cladding your house with a metal roof will help you avoid replacement costs.
The initial cost of a roof is an important cost, but it is not the only cost that you should worry about. Choosing a metal roof will help you to save money over the life of your roof by decreasing your cooling costs, helping you to avoid snow damage, and decreasing the number of times that you have to replace your roof. Contact Palmer Roofing for more information.