If you’re considering upgrading your roof from typical asphalt shingles, consider metal roofing. As one of the leading roof repair, maintenance and installation contractors in Houston, Elite Roofing Solutions shares with you some of the things you should know about metal roofs.
It Has a Long Life Span
Metal roofs have expected lifespans of about 50 years, whereas the typical asphalt shingle roof lasts about 20 to 30 years. This can help alleviate your long-term upkeep costs and is a great investment if you’re planning to age in place. As with every roofing system, proper maintenance must be performed to achieve its maximum life span.
Switching from asphalt shingles to heavier materials like tile or slate will take some work if your existing roof deck isn’t designed to withstand the added weight. This is not a problem with metal roofing: options such as metal shakes or shingles are much lighter than their traditional counterparts and, provided that your roof deck is in good condition, no modifications need to be made to the existing roof.
If time is a factor for your roof replacement, metal roofs are your best bet. The standard standing-seam metal roofing comes in large, pre-cut sheets that take a fraction of the time it would take to install a typical asphalt shingle roof – critical if a storm is forecast to hit the area in the next couple of days.
Metal roofs are compatible with just about any kind of coating and paint available. Not only does it give you a wider choice of roofing colors, but it also lets you add reflective coatings and make your roof a “cool roof”. This helps minimize the heat absorbed into the attic by reflecting the sun’s rays back up to the source. A cooler attic means less indoor cooling requirements, which has a favorable effect on your monthly energy costs.
It Efficiently Sheds Rainwater
The ability to shed rainwater is often attributed to the roof’s slope, but the choice of material plays a large part: the smooth surface of metal roofs allows less friction and encourages smooth flow. The seal created by 5V metal panels and the more common U-panel reduces the risk of water intrusion, even with heavy rainwater flow.
To learn more about our metal and asphalt roofing options, call Elite Roofing Solutions today at (855) 588-6610. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation inspection. We serve many areas in and near Houston, TX.