The Benefits of Choosing a Steel Installation
Updated: Jan 22, 2018
You may hear many building contractors say that asphalt shingles are "king" when it comes to the residential housing market, and based on the sheer number of installations, they are not wrong. It is estimated more than 80 percent of roof in North America are built using asphalt shingles. However, this is largely due to convenience if not anything else, with asphalt shingles being cheap to purchase, easy to install and relatively attractive. In terms if performances though, asphalt roofs cannot compete with a steel roofing installation, which offers the following benefits.
The framework that is built for the roof, in addition to your property's wall and foundations, needs to be able to support your new roof, otherwise the roof may begin to sag, or even worse, exert too much pressure that the core structure of the property is compromised. When standard roofing materials are used, the roof can weight several tons. A steel roofing material is extremely lightweight by comparison, weighting just a ton on an average sized home.
Do not Absorb Water
Unlike asphalt shingles or concrete tiles, a steel roofing installation is impervious to water, meaning that when it rains, the weight of roof does not increase. Since annual rainfall in the North East Area is relatively high, this is a huge advantage. Just to make this clear, a steel roofing installation will always be approximately the same weight, whether wet or dry, while other standard types of rood products can increase in weight by as much as 10% putting extra pressure on your property's roof supports and foundation.
One of the main reasons to choose a steel roofing is a fact that they can outlast other types of roofing by decades, making them by far the most cost-efficient solution available. USA Metal Roof offers 40-50 years warranty on all steel roofing products, while the vast majority of concrete or asphalt roofs come with a 20 to 30 years warranty.
Reduces Heating & Cooling Cost
Another way in which a steel roofing installation is more cost efficient than other types of roofs is through its ability to reduce your heating and cooling bills. How does it work?
Rather than storing heat energy as the sun's UV rays hit your roof, this heat energy is reflected, meaning your roof naturally cools down quicker, reducing your dependence on air conditioning units during the sweltering summer months, we enjoy here in Poconos. A steel installation will also typically come with a superior R-Value, which is how a material's ability to insulate is graded, to both asphalt and concrete. So, in addition to reducing cooling costs, your heating costs in the winter are lower too.
Minimal Maintenance Required
Once your steel roof installation is complete, there's really very little to do other than let it do its thing. The rainwater will naturally wash its surface down and keep it looking visually attractive, and steel roofs don't utilize any bonding agents to secure it in place like shingles do, which may weaken over time. This minimizes the chances of the roof getting damaged to virtually zero, unlike traditional roofs where shingles often crack and become loose.
Unlimited Design Possibilities
If you are picturing the king of big, ugly tin type roofs that you see on warehouses across the country when you think of a steel roofing installation, you couldn't be more wrong. Many homeowners are surprised at just how beautiful these things are. Steel roofs can be design in a vast range of styles and material that can be manipulated to suit either a modern style home or something more classic. A new roof is a significant investment and USA Metal Roof's only goal is to you make the right decision. In the past years we have successfully completed hundreds of different orders in and our products offer an exceptional blend of afford-ability, quality and visual beauty.