Metal Roofing for Houses: What you need to know

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Traditionally, you don’t think of metal roofing when you think of residential homes. Because of it’s unique style, Denver roofing companies want you to know the facts before deciding to go with this option. There are many benefits to having a metal roof.

Facts About Metal Roofing For Homes 

1. Metal Roofs Are Not Just In Architectural Digest Anymore

Metal roofs used to be found only on architect-designed houses. No longer a novelty, metal roofing is increasingly found on more conventional houses.

2. Metal Roofing Can Be Installed Over Your Existing Roof

Metal roofs can be installed over your existing roof without tearing off shingles. While shingle removal is the preferred route, it is also messy and raises the cost of the job.

Water vapor in conjunction with a metal roof on existing shingles is a problem.  Water vapor build-up and attendant mold and rot are not reasons alone to avoid installing metal over shingles. Roofers can install a vented metal roof can be installed over existing shingles which would eliminate the vapor problem.

Also, installing the metal roof on top of furring strips (1×3’s or similar) will raise the metal and provide an air pocket between it and the shingles.

3. They Are No Noisier Than Asphalt Roofing

Surprisingly, properly installed metal roofing is no noisier than any other type of roof. Metal roofing is typically installed over a solid substrate. Additionally, the attic and insulation provide a sound barrier. If you wish to install metal roofing over your existing roof, the metal roof will most likely be raised over the existing roof by means of furring strips. These furring strips will create an air pocket which will further deaden sound.

4. Metal Roofing Does Not Attract Lightning More Than a Conventional Roofs

Yes, it does seem like metal roofing would attract lighting, but this is faulty logic.

According to a technical bulletin from the Metal Construction Association, “Metal roofing does not in any way increase [the risk of a lightning strike.”

Not only that, but if metal roofing does happen to get struck by lightning, it is less combustible than conventional roofing materials such as shake shingles.

5. Their Warranted Lives Are Equal To Conventional Roofing Products

If you live in fire-prone areas, such as Southern California, metal roofing will extinguish any embers. Insects such as termites can never eat metal roofing.  Metal roofing is impervious to rot and mildew.

Because it conducts heat quickly from the sun, snow slides off more quickly than with conventional roofing.

Even so, most metal roofing manufacturers will warrant their products only for an average of 30 years, which is about the same as conventional roofing manufacturers.

Read the full article here: 9 Facts About Metal Roofing For Homes