Zoller Roofing is an expert metal roof contractor, handling all facets of metal roof installation and metal roof repair. Home and business owners often first look to metal roofs for their curb appeal, but there are many additional benefits to a choosing a metal roof. While the initial metal roof cost is higher than roofing materials such as asphalt shingle, it’s an investment that pays returns over a lifetime.
Metal roofing requires minimal upkeep. Ensuring your metal roof is free from debris and a once-yearly inspection for minor maintenance items such as cleaning and paint touch ups is typically all that is needed to keep your roof in top shape. In contrast, asphalt shingle or tile roofs require regular maintenance to replace broken or deteriorating shingles or tiles, as well as moss and algae removal.
Metal roofs easily last for decades without any major changes or issues, handling winds up to 150-mph with no problem. In contrast, as asphalt shingles age, they deteriorate, becoming brittle. These older, dried out shingles are easily blown off a roof, sometimes in gusts as mild as 40-mph. Metal roofing systems have wind resistance and uplift resistance that is above the new building code requirement. That gives us a sense of relief in that we can use the best material to meet those criteria.
Aluminum metal roofing and steel metal roofing are also great for the environment. The recycled content of the steel in a metal roof is about 28%, and is completely recyclable at the end of its lifespan. This makes metal roofing a green building material.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills every year. If you loaded those shingles into tractor trailers, then lined them up end-to-end, they would make a line from New York City to Los Angeles, back to New York City again, then on to Chicago, that’s a lot of wasted asphalt.