Metal roofs are rising in popularity in the residential sector. While wood remains the top choice for sheer aesthetics and asphalt strikes a good balance of utility and affordability, metal roofs are the energy-efficient choice and are considered a green roofing system by many roofers and manufacturers.
In this post, D and M Roofing, LLC shares the key features of metal roofs and what makes them energy-efficient.
Metal Roofs and Energy-Efficient Finishes
The secret to the energy-saving properties of metal roofs lies in their variety of finishes. In warmer climates, these roofs are pre-painted or coated with reflective granules that reflect ambient solar energy. These coated metal roofs also passively cool the house by re-emitting most of the solar radiation they absorb, and provide passive insulation during the colder seasons.
The Cool-Metal Finish
The most effective coatings for metal roofing systems is what many in the industry refer to as the cool-metal roofing. These have a highly reflective coating that uses cool pigments that boost the material’s solar reflectance while also lowering its surface temperature. We highly recommend this coating as it helps reduce your air conditioning usage by up to 40%.
These roof finishes are recommended but not mandatory. Even a basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect more solar radiation than an asphalt roof.
Apart from being energy-efficient, metal roofs are also low-maintenance roofs and typically only require cleaning, maintenance and timely roof repairs to keep them in good condition. These low-maintenance properties also make them one of the more long-lasting roofs. While their life span of 50 to 60 years may seem “average” compared with tile and slate, metal roofs can outlast both of them due to their high durability and weather resilience.
Finally, metal roofs are solar-friendly systems. They’re the easiest roof to install a photovoltaic system onto as the material is easily bent, shaped and reformed to suit the solar panel. Some metal roofs even come with built-in attachments just for this purpose.
At D and M Roofing, LLC, we are your trusted contractor with extensive experience in metal roofing systems. Give us a call at (330) 852-3800 for more information on our services. We offer complete roofing services in Canton and Akron, OH.