Metal Roofing Minute


MARCH, 2016


Metal roofing for residential structures has been gaining popularity as of late, and for good reason, too.

This type of roofing material holds a lot of benefits, such as the fact that metal roofing is lightweight, relatively quick to install, fire resistant, and are phenomenal when it comes to shedding snow. So, let’s take a minute to explore the benefits of metal roofing!

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Speed of Installation
A good portion of metal roofing comes in large sections or panels and, as such, can be installed quite quickly.

Fire Resistance
Metal roofing is non-combustible, which is why it carries a Class A fire rating.

Metal roofing is quite light in weight when compared to other roofing materials. For instance, the majority of metal roofing ranges from 50 to 150 pounds per 100 square feet – compare that to the 750 to 900 pounds per 100 square feet that tile roofing weighs in at…it’s quite a difference!

Life Expectancy
When a metal roof is properly installed it should last AT LEAST as long as the house itself!

Metal roofing does a great job of sealing out water, enduring high winds, and standing up to tough snow. It’s also resistant to fire (as previously mentioned), mildew, insects, and rotting. In fact, most companies back their products with warranties ranging from 30 to 50 years.

“Metal roofing does a great job of sealing out water, enduring high winds, and standing up to tough snow.”

Heat Conduction
Because of the fact that metal reflects radiant heat from the sun, daytime heat gain is minimized, allowing the homeowner to save energy needed for daytime cooling efforts. And, even though the material that metal roofing is made from is, in and of itself, relatively low in insulation R-value, a large portion of systems take advantage of a “dead-air” space that exists between the roofing deck and the metal to increase energy efficiency.

Roof Pitch
The majority of metal roofing can be installed on roofs that have very gentle pitches without having to worry about water seepage and leakage.

Moisture Shedding
Metal roofing – especially dark metal roofing – sheds snow incredibly fast due to the manner in which it absorbs heat (and, in turn, melts snow). Combine that with the fact that the sections of roofing are designed to interlock (and block the entrance of moisture) along with the fact that the surface itself is hard and slick (allowing snow to slide right off) and you’ve got yourself a roofing material that dislikes lingering roof moisture as much as we do!

If you’re interested in more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call! J-Tech Construction, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, would be more than happy to discuss all your roofing options with you.

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