Metal Roofing Styles & Their Pros and Cons

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Did you know there are several different styles of metal roofs? Understanding pros and cons of each system will help you make a more-educated decision, as well as save some money and avoid unnecessary hassles in the process! 😉 Read on to learn more.

Standing Seam

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Also known as sheet metal roof comprised of vertical panels, featuring characteristic raised seams, hence standing seam.

Pros: One advantage of this system is the design incorporating concealed fasteners, which means there is no risk of unwanted roof leaks associated with any exposed fasteners becoming loose over-time, and/or rubber seals around the exposed fasteners drying out and developing cracks.

Standing Seam

Another advantage of standing seam is its PV solar-ready design, which means that special mounting brackets such as S-5 brackets needed to hold solar panels in place can be easily attached to the raised seams. Thus, there will be absolutely no need to drill any holes or create any unnecessary penetrations in your metal roof. – This is something that would not be an option with any other system, if you wanted to get a solar system installed on your roof, unless of course you happened to have a flat roof.

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May 28th, 2015 at 9:49 pm

Metal Roof vs. Shingles – What your Regular Roofer will Never Tell you!

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Your home is your most prized possession, and no other roofing system can keep it better protected than a metal roof. For discerning homeowners who want to make a long term investment into their home, and to be sure that they are getting a premium roofing material, metal shingles are a top choice. While they come at an initially higher price than asphalt shingle, metal shingles offer an unbeatable array of advantages compared to other roofing materials and systems.

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Benefits of Metal

Superior durability and resistance to extreme weather conditions

Metal shingles are designed and built to withstand the most adverse weather conditions such as ice and snow storms, hail, heavy rainfall and hurricanes, which makes them a prime choice for homeowners who live in areas that get frequently hit by these natural calamities. Metal roofing shingles remain virtually unaffected by any fluctuations in temperature. They are also not susceptible to rust or moisture related problems such as moss, mold and mildew, all of which can cause major damage to more common materials like asphalt shingles or wood shakes.

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Great Curb Appeal

Metal shingles will meet all the aesthetic needs of even the most discerning homeowners. Metal shingles are available in a wide array of designs, finishes, and colors, making it possible to achieve any style you desire from contemporary, to traditional, to rustic. The best part is that unlike composition (asphalt) shingles, metal shingles will maintain excellent looks even years down the line, almost unaffected by the wear and tear caused by natural elements. What also helps to keep a metal shingles roof looking like new for many decades, is their resistance to stains and streaks caused by mold, mildew and airborne algae. As a result, a metal shingles roof not only has great curb appeal, but will also increase the value of your home, should you ever choose to sell it.

Long service life

Metal shingles have warranties of at least 50 years and will essentially last a life time, provided that you get a high quality roofing installation from a professional installer who specializes in metal roofs. By choosing to invest into a metal shingles roof, you are guaranteed to not ever have to do another re-roof in your life.

Easy Installation

Metal shingles are installed from eaves of the roof, going up. They are typically installed in rows, and interlock with each other, creating a durable water, ice and wind resistant roof covering, made out of long lasting metal.

Metal shingles are installed horizontally, allowing roofers to install any necessary roof safety equipment such as “roof jacks” or staging, which makes the installation easier AND safer.

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March 16th, 2015 at 5:27 pm

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