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Why choose a metal roof vs asphalt shingles?

  • Warranties – Metal Roofing comes with 40 year paint warranty while asphalt shingles come with limited, short term warranties that don’t always cover necessary repair or replacement.
  • Material – Metal Roofing is constructed from durable, lightweight, long lasting, corrosion resistance Galvalume sheet while asphalt shingles, which can weigh 5 times more than metal panels per square, have been found to contain filler content such as sand that reduces the effectiveness of the shingles.
  • Energy Efficiency – Cool metal Roofing reflects and emits 90% of the sun’s solar radiation preventing heat from entering your home while asphalt shingles absorb the heat from the sun and transfer hear directly into your home, requiring your AC unit to work on overdrive.
  • Environmental Impact – Metal Roofing is built to last a lifetime without replacement while asphalt shingles need to be replaced every 10 years or so and generate a significant amount of landfill waste each year.

How much protection does a metal roof offer?

FIRE: A metal roof will not burn or support combustion
WIND: Experience at recent hurricanes has shown that metal roofs outperformed other roofing products.
WATER: A metal roof has a low rate of water absorption, greatly reducing damage to the structure.  And a metal roof cannot be penetrated by hail.

How can a metal roof save money on energy bills?

Metal reflects the majority of the sun’s rays, so it doesn’t retain as much heat as wood, asphalt shingles, tile or cement. This means a metal roof could help your attic stay cooler longer – leading to a significant reduction in your energy bills.

Is a metal roof environmentally responsible?

Not only is metal roofing great for your home, but it’s also great for the environment. The recycled content of the steel in a metal roof is about 28% and is completely recyclable at the end of its lifespan. This makes metal roofing a green building material.

According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills every year. If you loaded those shingles into tractor trailers, then lined them up end-to-end, they would make a line from New York City to Los Angeles, back to New York City again, then on to Chicago.

That’s a lot of wasted asphalt. But because a metal roof can often be installed over your current roof, without tearing off what’s already there, metal roofing helps to reduce this excessive shingle waste.

What’s post frame?

Post-frame construction is an engineered wood-frame building system that meets UBC and IBC standards. Post-frame buildings feature large, solid sawn posts or laminated columns instead of wood studs, steel framing, or concrete masonry. They transfer loads to the ground or surface-mounted to a concrete pier or masonry foundation, and may use plastic barrier systems for enhanced protection of wood and concrete posts or piers.

Post-frame structures are more quickly erected than other kinds of buildings. Because the larger posts and the interlocking frame can handle greater loads than stud-wall construction, fewer structural materials are needed, which saves time and other costs. Also, because posts are spaced farther apart than studs, post-frame buildings feature an exceptionally large wall cavity and provide ample room for insulation, lowering heating and cooling costs through the life of the building.

Almost any type of exterior façade may be installed on post-frame buildings, which can be designed to meet the highest standards for quality and aesthetics. Post-frame construction is an efficient and economical option for low-rise applications and is now the construction method of choice for any number of commercial, industrial, municipal, residential, religious, and agricultural projects.

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