There are numerous benefits to having a metal roof. First and foremost, metal roofing is durable and will stand the test of time.
The high winds in Reno are prone to throwing debris. Metal roofing has been tested to withstand the strength of an F2 tornado. In other parts of the country, metal roofs have been used to withstand hurricane forces. After the recent series of storms in the south, insurance agents noted that the metal roofs faired much better than other traditional roofs.
Your new metal roof will take a beating and continue to last for years. But there's a reason why metal has significant advantages.
For starters, metal has a high strength-to-weight ratio. This means that metal roofing is relatively light while remaining strong. This makes installation incredibly easy and eases downward forces on your foundation.
Another advantage has a low-angle roof. You can build a new roof anywhere from a 3-inch elevation to a 1-inch elevation per foot. This cuts down on materials needed and saves you money. But again, we suggest you consult our experts to see what's best for your property.
With the possibility of low angles, you may be wondering about rain and snow. Won't it just pile up? Fortunately, metal roofing has excellent shedding properties. This means snow and rain will slide off better than on a traditional roof. We can also find a great combination of dark colors to help melt snow in the winter and protective coatings to keep your energy costs down in the summer.
With energy efficiency in mind, metal roofing has two key components: reflectivity and emissivity. Metal roofing soars in these categories. Metal roofs easily reflect the sun's rays into the sky. This means there's less heat transfer to your home. Emissivity is the amount of thermal energy emitted by an object. Metal roofs don't hold heat themselves. In the summer, they cool off quickly at night. In the winter, the insulation under the metal traps the heat to keep you warm. This is a very energy-efficient material for your home.
To the surprise of many, metal roofing is environmentally friendly. Ask our representatives about cool-metal roofing options. Most metal roofs have this option as the standard, but it's good to ask about different coatings available for the roof.
One of our favorite characteristics is that metal roofs are 100% recyclable. Traditional shingle roofs degrade over time and end up in landfills.
The last benefit is fire resistance. This makes us a strong candidate for considering a metal roof here in Greater Reno. Whether you end up with a metal roof or not, you should check the fire rating of the material used. As of right now, metal roofing is still the most fire-resistant option you can find.
Sounds too good to be true? It's all true, but it comes at a price. The first disadvantage is the cost. The upfront costs are high compared to other roofing materials, but the maintenance costs are much less. Those other roofing materials will cost significantly more to repair over time than any repairs you'd have to make on a metal roof. If a roofing contractor strongly suggests a metal roof, we recommend you choose that option.
Are metal roofs noisy? You may hear the sound of someone banging on a metal trashcan lid in your head, but the reality is much different. Metal roofs can be as quiet as asphalt roofs if installed correctly. Of course, it might be a different story if you have an acorn tree growing next to the property, but most homeowners and commercial property owners don't have any issues. Always ask questions. We love talking about roofing materials.
The last disadvantage to consider is metals natural property of expansion and contraction. Metal will expand in the heat of the summer and contract in the cold of winter. This can lead to screws loosening, so we strongly suggest regular inspections.
We at Reno Roofing think that the benefits of metal roofing far outweigh the disadvantages. However, not every property makes a great candidate for metal roofing so be sure to bring it up when you give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!