The Ins and Outs of Metal Roofing2 December, 2013
Probably the most misunderstood and unfairly dismissed roofing material, metal provides a number of advantages over other roofing types, from appearance to value; robustness to practicality. Here are just a few…
One common factor cited as a reason against opting for metal roofing is that it would look out of place in the current style of the property. While this may be the case in a few select instances, in the main metal is very versatile when it comes to style and appearance, and can adapt to fit homes in a wide variety of styles, from contemporary to Victorian. Many different textures and colours are available due to the range of coatings that can be applied, and metal roofs have moved on in appearance from the stereotypical image of tin roofs on farm outhouses or factories – there’s even the choice of metal shingles if you desire this look.
Another popular misconception about metal roofs is that they generate a lot of noise. This is simply no longer true, with the noise from heavy rain or hail silenced by the covering fitted to the underlayment. The material is also naturally very weather resistant, providing protection against leaks and damage from severe weather, not to mention offering unbeatable resistance against fire.
Unlike most roofing materials that end up in landfill sites after they’ve been used or become damaged, metal shingles and tiles can be reused as anything from car spares to components in manufacturing and industry.
Pricing is an area that probably causes most concern for those considering metal roofing. While it is true that the upfront cost of installing a metal roof outweighs that of almost any other material, sometimes double that of comparatively-sized asphalt structures, over the course of its life metal becomes the far cheaper option.
With an extensive lifespan (see durability, below) and low maintenance needs, metal roofs require far less repair work and will rarely need to be replaced in your lifetime, meaning that they incur only a one-off installation cost.
Both the reflective and insulating properties of metal roofing can see savings made in other areas, too. In warmer months, metal roofs with light colours keep the inside of your home cool without the need for fans or air conditioning, while their ability to be installed on top of existing roofing materials allows for an extra layer of protection against cold weather.
As previously touched upon, perhaps the biggest strength of metal roofing is its robust durability. Lasting between 40 and 60 years before replacement may be required, the slightly higher installation prices of metal roofing are justified in the almost non-existent repair and maintenance costs incurred throughout its lifespan.
Although it may be hard to believe, metal is actually one of the lighter materials that can be used in roofing. This puts less weight on your walls, saving you money on any repair work for bowed or damaged brickwork, and requires less structural analysis to take place before installation.
Impact damage is not an issue with metal roofing. If high winds bring down tree branches or catapult other debris at your roof, metal’s robustness means that it will sustain little to no damage when compared with slate, clay or asphalt.
The experts at Morgan Asphalte are on hand to perform the installation and repair of all high quality lead and aluminium metal roofs, as well as providing you with advice about the best materials for your needs. With over 40 years in the industry, we are confident in our abilities to carry out first rate services every time.
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