Metal roofing is now part of the residential mainstream and makes a good option for most Denver homes. However, many questions and myths about this material exist. So, we’ll set the record straight by presenting seven facts about it.
- Cost Of Metal Roofing
- What Are Standing Seam Roofs?
- Other Styles Of Metal
- Metal Roofs Do Not Attract Lightning
- Metal Resists Fire, Insects, & Rot
- How Are Metal Roofs Installed?
- Metal Isn’t Loud
What Are The Costs Of Metal Roofing?
If you’re on a tight budget, the cost can make you think twice about switching to steel. The average price runs between $120 and $900 per sheet or $1.20 to $9 per square foot. Bear in mind that roof installation also costs more for copper than for asphalt.
While steel is roughly double the price of asphalt, it can save you a lot of money in the long term. Steel pays for itself by the end of its lifespan because it lasts much longer than asphalt and significantly improves your house’s energy efficiency. Your primary roof repair concerns will be debris or hail punching a hole through it during a storm.
What Are Standing Seam Roofs?
Many people think that copper only works on steep slopes. Yet standing seam panels work perfectly well on gentle pitches too. These sheets have raised edges that lock together, creating a tight, water-resistant seam.
Explore Other Metal Roofing Styles
Some people love steel’s distinctive, thick lines. There are plenty of other products to choose from for those who don’t. Manufacturers now make shingle-style sheets that look virtually identical to asphalt shingles.
A feature of most metal roofs is a noticeable continuous ridge vent (CRV) for your attic. With asphalt, the CRV lies flat and blends into the rest of the shingles. With aluminum, however, the CRV stands taller, making it easier to spot from the street.
Metal Roofs Don’t Attract Lightning
Metal conducts electricity, so metal roofs attract lightning. Science proves this myth false.
What lightning seeks is the shortest path to the ground. Roofs are relatively isolated from the rest of the house, with no inherent, direct way to the ground. Thus, lightning has no reason to strike a steel roof more often than any other.
Metal Resists Fire, Insects, & Rot
One massive reason behind steel’s surge in popularity is that it’s practically fireproof. With the western U.S. experiencing more wildfires every season, it’s easy to see how it has quickly become popular in many states.
Of course, aluminum guards against more than just fire. Insects can’t eat it, and it resists rot and mildew. Also, snow melts off faster than asphalt since it conducts heat well.
How Are Metal Roofs Installed?
Roofers usually install metal panels over a solid substrate. If local building codes allow it, this substrate could be preexisting material.
This installation isn’t recommended because it can trap water vapor between the layers, leading to mold growth and rot. Instead, roofers will install vented sheets to prevent this problem. Alternatively, they’ll add furring strips to create ventilating air pockets.
Metal Roofing Isn’t As Loud As You’d Think
Most people believe that copper makes a lot of noise when it rains or hails. When properly installed, however, it’s not louder than asphalt.
Your insulation and attic create a sound barrier between you and the storm. So, while your family is eating dinner in the kitchen or relaxing in your bedrooms, you’ll hardly notice a difference in the ambient sound outside.
Talk With A Denver Roofing Company
Metal has been a staple of commercial roofing, and Colorado business owners have enjoyed the benefits for decades. But, thanks to greater availability, better manufacturing, and new styles, metal finishes are now within reach of the average homeowner. Contact Craftech Roofing today to learn more about upgrading your Denver home.