There are several reasons standing-seam steel roofing is becoming more and more popular in the Northeast. Metal roofs are durable, fire retardant and almost maintenance-free. They offer environmental benefits, using a majority of recycled material in their construction. They are also energy efficient; metal reflects heat and blocks its transfer into the attic. Research by the Florida Solar Energy Center showed that metal absorbed 34 percent less heat than asphalt shingles, and homeowners switching to metal roofing reported savings up to 20 percent on their energy bills. And with winter coming, it’s a good idea to think about a metal roof. Metal roofs actually shed snow and ice and help prevent ice dams, a chronic problem in the Northeast during bad winters.
It is true, steel roofing is more expensive and for many homeowners asphalt is the only way they are able to replace a roof. However, over time steel pays for itself. It is an investment with benefits.
The environmental benefits of steel roofing include their use of recycled material ranging from 60 to 65 percent use in the construction. Because it weighs very little, metal roofing can be installed over existing roofs, eliminating the need to dispose of excess material in the landfill. When it is time to replace, the metal roofing material can be recycled. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, steel is considered the best material for green buildings, since it helps in achieving the goal of reducing and eliminating the use of chemical substances while increasing energy efficiency and reducing waste.
Another advantage of installing a metal roof is that it’s low maintenance. It will not crack, curl, split, rot or lose impact resistance with age, and moreover it lasts for 50-60 years. Therefore, the maintenance expenses for metal roofs are minimal.
People place a high value on an investment and long term advantage. It’s not easy to make a big financial decision such as what type of roof to get. At Horch Roofing, we can help you decide the best roof for you, within a budget that you can afford.