Metal Roofing Austin
Residential Metal Roofing
Metal Roofs: A Durable Upgrade
If your budget permits, Alpha Team Rooting & Exteriors recommends metal roofs as a nice upgrade. Unlike asphalt roofs, which deteriorate with only normal weather and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, metal roofs do not decompose. They can withstand most things Mother Nature throws at them.
In addition to a long life span (between 40 and 70 years compared to 12 to 20 years for asphalt roofs), metal roofs are highly wind-resistant. This makes them a great choice for relatively flat, windy states like Texas.
Another plus for metal roofs is that they require very little maintenance. Although you should have your roof inspected periodically regardless of its material type, metal roofs definitely require less attention than asphalt shingle roofs., lasting between 40-70 years depending on the specific material. On the other hand, traditional asphalt roofs last about 12-20 years.
In dry climates, metal roofs are also safer than asphalt. They will not spark or ignite during storms or wildfires. Metal roofs are also eco-friendly and energy-efficient. Unlike many roofing materials, metal roofs are 100% recyclable when replacement time rolls around. Because metal roofs reflet the sun’s UV and infrared light rays, they can also significantly reduce electric bills.
Playing the Long Game
Metal roofs are visually attractive and add to the real and perceived value of a home. Although metal roofs are admittedly more expensive than asphalt shingles, the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term costs. Lasting approximately twice as long as asphalt, the durability and reflective qualities of metal roofs make them the compelling choice for many high-end home purchasers.
Ironically, many individuals do not purchase metal roofs because they fall victim to the false beliefs that metal roofs dent and attract lightening. High quality metal roofs are generally warrantied for Class 4 impact resistance during heavy rain and hailstorms. Moreover, they are designed to resist wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour. Also contrary to popular opinion, metal roofs are not more likely to be struck by lightning and catch fire. In fact, metal roofs act as a barrier against lighting strikes by spreading electricity evenly across the roof.
Two other false beliefs are that metal roofs are noisy and that they make the home’s interior temperature hot. In truth, metal roofing material is no noisier than an asphalt or tile roof. Installed over a solid substrate, metal roofing material, when combined with a home’s attic and insulation, create enough of a sound barrier to reduce weather-related noise. When it comes to heat, metal roofs reflect rather than absorb the sun’s energy, resulting in a much cooler home.