When it comes to choosing a new roof, there are a lot of things to think about. Longevity, styles, designs, and of course cost. While it shouldn’t be the only consideration, there are financial aspects for such an important part of a home renovation.
Asphalt shingles (otherwise known as composition shingles), cedar shakes, or slate tiles all have their pros and cons. Whether it’s cost, looks, or durability, traditional materials all fit certain parameters. However, metal roofing is one of the few materials that will save you money every month.
“Cool” Metal Roofing
An Energy Star rated material, metal roofing is solar reflective. This reduces the surface temperature of the roof, keeping your home up to 30 percent cooler during the summer months. This is why the term “cool roof” is often associated with aluminum roofing.
But it will also save you money. By reflecting solar energy, aluminum roofing saves money in the long term by using less power to run fans or air conditioners. So while initial costs must be considered, homeowners are finding overall savings quite appealing.
Energy-efficiency and energy savings are just one of the many benefits of having metal roofing materials used in your home. When looking at sustainable products for residential or industrial applications, the durability of a product needs to be considered. If less material is needed over 50, 75, or even a hundred years, then less material needs to be produced.
Such is the case with aluminum roofing systems. Because aluminum doesn’t rust, rot, or hold water, it easily outlasts more traditional asphalt shingles or cedar shakes. If high-grade composite/asphalt roof shingles need to be replaced every 30 years, that’s three new roofs in the time of one metal roof.
A metal roof can save money in the long term as well as reducing the volume of materials that go to the landfill. It even takes material out of the dump, so to speak. Permalock and Classic Metal aluminum roofing is manufactured using 95% recycled materials.
Even shipping aluminum roofing is cleaner and cheaper than asphalt shingle roofs – or any other type of roofing material. Weighing just a fraction of slate, cement, and ever cedar shake shingles, more metal roofing can be delivered in fewer trips. Fewer trips mean fewer gas emissions.
While it won’t affect your pocketbook like the savings in energy costs, it will have positive effects on the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest. One of the most treasured aspects of the Pacific Northwest is the sheer beauty of the area and the proliferation of outdoor activities. It’s our only environment – we might as well take care of it.
Work With Professionals
With all of the positive aspects of aluminum roofing, it’s all for naught if installed incorrectly. While metal roofing has been in production for several decades, it’s only become a popular residential roofing material in the last 20 years.
While many roofers have experience with composite roofing, there are very few metal roofing installers. When choosing a roofer, it’s important to find ones that have experience with aluminum. While the roof deck and underlayment may be similar, there are technical aspects of metal roofing that need to be followed.
At Mountaintop Metal Roofing, that’s all we do – we’ve spent the last two decades with aluminum roofing. We’ve stayed on top of technological advances, installation processes, and best practices to make sure our clients get the best roof available. After all, this will be the last roof they ever need.
Is it time to replace your roof or thinking about changing the look of your home? Follow this link to request a roof estimate from Mountaintop Metal Roofing. Our crews are experienced, professional, and our customer service can’t beat. From Salem, OR, to Longview, WA, and the coast, we’re here to help.