While walking the dog, you overhear your neighbors visiting about the new metal roof on the Jones’ house. Is there really a roof that is both environmentally friendly AND built to last? As in built to last…for an incredibly long time?
The answer. Yes.
Metal roofing is one of the fastest growing roofing products in America. And with good cause. Did you know that over 50% of rooftops in Paris are zinc metal roofs? And that over 70% of residential buildings in Europe are covered with metal roofs? Notorious for building with quality, and made to last for centuries, America is taking its cue from our neighbors across the pond. They are on to something, and now, so are we.
There has been significant growth in the United States of consumers interested in environmentally sustainable products, and standing seam metal roofing products are growing in market share every year. According to Home Innovation Research Labs, the growth in metal roofing, specifically, has been significant due to the fact that 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into US landfills every year. Metal roofing, on the other hand, is comprised of up to 95% recycled product. And, at the end of its useful life, 100% of the material is recyclable. Of course, since the standing seam metal roof is built to last, the end of its useful life is likely to be well beyond your tenure.
This sustainable, environmentally friendly roofing material can last for decades. It is a long-lasting roof. Because asphalt roofing material only lasts for 10-20 years in the absolute best weather, metal roofing reduces your spend as the homeowner over your lifetime. It also can provide energy savings and comfort for yourself and the loved ones inside your home.
The initial hurdle most people face on a metal roof is the cost. Understandably, the cost is more than the metal roofing material alone, which represents a higher quality than its asphalt counter-parts. The cost also comes in the installation. Installation of a metal roof is a precise and time-consuming project that is best done by roofing professionals with years of experience and a deep understanding of the best installation methods. Like with any quality material installed in your home, it is of utmost importance to also use a quality roofing contractor in order to ensure that your investment is protected. Taking the time to find the right contractor is absolutely worth it.
Speaking of the initial investment, metal roofing provides many benefits over asphalt shingle roofs, the least of which is the ability to withstand hurricane winds. Providing excellent hail damage (and fire protection!), metal roofs can withstand hurricane winds of up to 110 miles per hours. One of the greatest advantages to metal roofing systems, such as State Roofing’s standing seam, is that they are solar ready. If you want to increase the energy efficiency of your home, even more, solar panels, which are easy to adhere, can be integrated with your new standing seam roof. This solar installation on a metal roof may well pay for itself in as little as seven years!
Other fantastic metal options include Ironwood Shake and the Metal Tile. This means that if you prefer an aesthetic that is more in line with your previous roof, or if you love the look of shake or tile, you’re still in luck. You can have all the advantages of a metal roof with the design of your choice.
It is with good reason your neighbors are talking about the new environmentally friendly roof that was just installed in your neighborhood. The advantages are many. Need further convincing? Give us a call at 912-756-7663. RPI Roofing is here to help you with all of your roofing and decking needs