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The Growing Recognition Of Metal Roofing

August 30, 2012

Metals Resources

The Rising Popularity Of Metal Roofing

Article by Ned D’Agostino

Whether you’re putting up a new roof or replacing the existing one, you must know the advantages and disadvantages of the various roofing materials that are available in the market. Making an intelligent choice in the roofing material of your house is of paramount importance to the longevity and the long term cost of the roof. You may continue with the traditional materials or go in for one of the newer roofing materials. Of the newer materials, metal roofing stands out for its durability, ease of installation, and fire resistance. No wonder then, that its popularity is rising at a rapid pace.

In the past metal roofing was frowned upon. Metal roofing then meant tin almost exclusively. Tin was low on durability compared to its cost. Today, ‘metal roofing’ means ‘a very light weight, high durability, and fire resistant material’.

Metal roofing is very strong. It can withstand hurricane force winds. Heavy snowfall or hail storms will not put a dent into it. It is able to reflect a high percentage of the sun’s heat that falls on it, making it keep cooler in summer.

You save big bucks on fire insurance if you roof your house with metal. This fact adds appreciably to the value of the house, a very good thing if you sell the house later on.

Your construction cost drops considerably when you roof with metal. You don’t need a very strong supporting structure to hold the roof up if it is made of metal. Even if you are re-roofing your house you save a tidy sum because you don’t have to take down the existing roof. Just lay the fresh metal roofing material over the existing roof! It will hardly add to the load. I’d like to point out that the savings are in terms of money and in time.

Installing a metal roof is very simple and straightforward. Metal roofing comes in the form of large-sized sheets. Use a hoist to get the sheets up to the roof level. Position them correctly. Fix them with metal screws or rivets, or bolt them down. Your biggest saving is in time and labor costs. There is just one small problem. How will you raise a single sheet to the roof if you ever need to replace a sheet? When you’re dealing with a large number of sheets, getting a hoist or crane is economical. But for one sheet! You may also face a problem in matching the sheets if you have to replace old sheets or add new sheets.

Though its popularity is rising, metal roofing has an inherent negative quality – its high price! If its high price is bothering you, you can scout around for bargain sales. Then again the huge savings you stand to make when using metal roofing is able to counterbalance the high price.

Metal roofing is still playing ‘catch up’ with the traditional roofing stalwarts like asphalt shingles. But the many advantages and cost benefits of metal roofing is whittling down the difference, the biggest advantage being its durability.

About the Author

Asphalt roofing shingles remain the most popular choice for home roofs, but wood and metal are gaining in popularity. Visit www.roofing-information.com to learn more about your roofing choices. Selecting the correct roofing material can be the difference between a roof that lasts, and one that needs constant repair.

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Asphalt roofing shingles remain the most popular choice for home roofs, but wood and metal are gaining in popularity. Visit www.roofing-information.com to learn more about your roofing choices. Selecting the correct roofing material can be the difference between a roof that lasts, and one that needs constant repair.












Use and distribution of this article is subject to our Publisher Guidelines
whereby the original author’s information and copyright must be included.

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