Benefits of Steel, Metal Roofing · Cost Comparison Asphalt Versus Steel, Metal Roofing MN · Quarve Contracting, Inc.
Steel, Metal Roofing – Is This A Good Alternative?
Keeping a good roof over our heads means more than keeping
out the snow and rain. Does your roof keep your home warm or cool depending on the season? Just how warm or cool could depend on the roofing material
you have chosen, its installation, as well as several other factors. If you are considering a new or replacement roof
, how does steel or metal roofing stack up? Just how well will this roofing option serve you now and later on? How does it rate with energy-efficiency and how “green” is this roofing choice?
With increased awareness of energy costs and resource depletion, Minnesotans are looking for ways to save more and spend less. From cars to windows, people are becoming more focused on finding alternative ways to be energy efficient. Few homeowners are aware that energy can be both saved and lost through their roofs. Homes built within the past ten to fifteen years are plagued with higher energy costs partly due to their roof material or loss of protective qualities from their roof’s shingles. Considering steel or metal roofing as an alternative to a new or replacement roof is actually a smart option, now and in the future.
First, here are a few questions to help self-asses your roof to help determine if it’s time to look at replacing:
- Are your shingles curling, losing granules or blowing off in the wind?
- Can you see streaks of fungus or mold across your shingles?
- Have you noticed any interior leaks showing water spots on ceilings or walls?
If you answered yes to any of these above questions, chances are you could be in need of a new roof. Calling in a professional roofing contractor to assess your roof would be the next best step to take. But, first, before you make your call, read more, to inform yourself about the benefits of steel or metal roofing. See if the contractors you choose give you similar information.
Let´s Compare Asphalt to Metal
To give you a good idea of how steel roofing stacks up, it might be helpful to compare to something you may already be familiar with or may also be considering. Let’s compare to asphalt shingles. First, some quickie history on the asphalt shingle. In 1903, the asphalt shingle – a cotton rag soaked in an oil based tar and coated with small slate granules – was born. Often referred to as, “paper roofs,” the materials were cheap to produce and easy to install. The manufacturing process was simple and the durability of the shingle was determined by the amount of asphalt and granules applied to the top. Over time, as the popularity of low-cost asphalt shingles grew, manufacturers were faced with shortages and increasing prices in oil and materials. Little has changed in the last 106 years and asphalt shingles today are still made with a thin layer of petroleum and limestone granules.
Asphalt Shingles’ Affect On Your Roof
Due to the nature of their material, asphalt shingles attract and hold the heat of the sun. Asphalt roofs become hotter and hotter during the day and hold onto that heat long after the sun disappears. Since the asphalt shingle is nailed directly to the decking, the heat transfers into the attic and raises the temperature of the home. As a result, a home’s air conditioner is forced to run harder, increasing your energy costs and diminishing the life span of the air conditioner.
Extreme cold also diminishes the life of the asphalt shingle. Granules fall off, edges curl and the inside of the home becomes susceptible to leaks and mold from water in the attic and walls. Although many asphalt shingles boast an average 30 year life span, typically, they only last 12 to 16 years. Homeowners are forced to replace their roof more often, and earlier than they may expect to. While asphalt shingles are less expensive to install, increased energy prices and more frequent replacements add up quickly to outweigh their original low price.
Steel, Metal Roofing As An Alternative
Metal roofing can save energy and last a lifetime. The construction industry calls metal roofing, “investment-grade roofing” because of its energy efficiency and long durability. The addition of metal roofing options has leaped forward the roofing industry with huge strides. When manufactured and installed properly, it can reduce energy use, save money and preserve the environment. Energy efficient metal roofing utilizes advanced paint systems that reflect the sun from the home and preserve its color as well. Roofs using high quality metal and coatings still heat up in the sun, but cool off instantly when it disappears. Some metal roofing - shake, shingles and slate profiles – allow air to move between the shingle and the decking, keeping the heat out of your home in the summer. Metal roofing comes in many different styles and profiles, providing the homeowner / business owner with an abundance of choices.
High quality metal roofing can, according to the Florida Solar Energy Commission, save you up to 25% on energy costs and come with limited lifetime warrantees against hail penetration, combustion, and blowing off in extreme weather. With a metal roof, homeowners save on reroofing and energy costs, and also helps preserve the environment at the same time. Some metal roofs are manufactured from 98% post-consumer aluminum and most metal roofs are 100% recyclable.
A bonus benefit from installing a Kasselwood steel roof is the extreme durability. With most steel roofs, hail damage can be visible, where on Kasselwood steel roofs, hail damage is not seen. Given fire in a shake development or neighborhood, the chances are that the steel roof would still be standing. This was evident in recent California fires.
Let’s talk more about “green” and “environmentally friendly”
How your roof performs on the outside can outweigh the environmental impact of your facility or home more than any other changes you can make on the inside. Ask these three important questions before you consider any changes to your roof:
1. Is my roofing material Recycled?
Traditional or asphalt temporary roofing is a petroleum based product that, when it has outlived its usefulness (12 to 16 years) will need to be torn off and thrown into a landfill. Not only do we waste precious resources in producing and transporting heavy asphalt and composition shingles, but out-gassing and run-off from the shingles pollute the environment, also. A Kassel & Irons metal roof is made from 56% post-recycled steel. Additionally, a Kassel & Irons roof is 100% recyclable.
2. Are there energy savings, really?
Traditional asphalt and composition shingles soak up the heat from the sun in the summer. An asphalt shingle can be over 30 degrees hotter than the ambient air temperature on a summer day. That heat transfers directly into your facility or home causing your air conditioning system to work harder which raises your energy spending, widens your carbon footprint and diminishes the life of your equipment. A Kassel & Irons roof can save homeowners over 20% on cooling costs in the summer; it reflects away the sun’s heat and quickly cools when the sun goes down. The result is a cooler facility or home, smaller carbon footprint and an air conditioning system that lasts longer. Additionally, you save, also, on your insurance costs. Installing a Kasselwood steel roof will qualify for a lower insurance rate.
3. How long should your roof last?
Traditional, temporary roofing does not last. According to the industry, a typical asphalt / composite shingle lasts 12 to 16 years. Extreme temperatures and weather will lessen the life span significantly more. Even certain metal roofing such as steel will rust leaving your interior susceptible to the elements. Metal roofing will last a lifetime. Kassel & Irons backs their roofs with a limited lifetime warranty. Roof once with Kassel & Irons and never roof again!
Bottom line, cost differences!
- Material for material, asphalt shingles cost less
- Replacement factors considered, metal roofing will last you a lifetime, saving you replacement costs of other roofing materials every 12 to 16 years.
- Energy and insurance savings will outweigh your costs for the metal roof over its life span and then some
- Additional savings will result, also, as installing a steel roof will qualify for a lower insurance rate
- Metal roofing is a long-lasting roofing option that pays for itself over time
- Every roof is unique so contacting a professional roofing company for costs and particulars about your specific roof is the best way to determine actual costs for your roof
Pat Quarve, of Quarve Contracting, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, likes to help homeowners understand the cost differences by offering an analogy using flooring and roofing. He says “buying carpet and linoleum is comparable to buying different grades of asphalt roofing; versus buying wood and tile flooring, known for their longer life spans, would be like putting a metal roof on for their long life and durability of both.”
So, yes, metal roofing rates high for a roofing alternative! Metal roofing’s unparalleled strength of steel along with a special paint and coating system create a roof with a proven history of durability and sustainability. Metal roofs can withstand extreme weather conditions such as hurricane and tornado strength winds and hail. A metal roof can save homeowners over 20% on cooling costs in the summer. Plus, on top of your energy savings, your metal roof is earth friendly, naturally beautiful with man-made strength!
Contact a professional, experienced Roofing Contractor for more information about your specific roofing options.
Information in this article was provided by Quarve Contracting, Inc., 763-785-1472
and Kassel & Irons, Ltd. See more about Quarve Contracting, Inc. at www.quarve.com.
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