What Is the Purpose of a Metal Roof?

April 13, 2023

What Is the Purpose of a Metal Roof?

Regarding resistance to harsh elements, metal roofing is consistently better than shingles. Metal roofs are not only fire- and hail-proof, but they also resist extreme winds. Insurance companies offer discounts to structures with metal roofs because of their durability.

Is Metal Roofing Better Than Shingles for Long-Term Durability?

Although metal roofs are more expensive than shingles initially, they last longer and can be repaired or replaced less often. A typical shingle roof can last anywhere from 12 to 20 years depending on how it is maintained and the weather conditions it might encounter. Metal roofs can last 40-60 years and require less maintenance. This makes them more economical over the life of the roof.

Metal Roofs Can Help You Save Money on Your Energy Bills

Metal roof panels can be up to 20% cheaper than asphalt shingles thanks to ASV (Above Sheathing Ventilation) combined with a special coating that reflects the sun’s energy to release absorbed heat.

Does Metal Roofing Attract Lightning Strikes?

Metal roofs are just as likely to be struck by lightning as any other roof regardless of its material. Metal roofing is not combustible so it will not catch fire if there is lightning.

Are All Metal Roofing Equal?

No! Metal roofing comes in many quality options, just like other building materials. Ask your contractor or supplier which substrate and paint coating you recommend for your home. The best long-term performance is achieved with galvalume steel substrates. 

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Clearwater Roofing Companies Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.