Metal roofs are rising in popularity as one of the best alternatives to wood, along with asphalt. They are the top choice for homeowners looking for a good balance of utility and affordability. What makes them unique compared with asphalt is they are more energy-efficient and widely considered a green roofing system by many manufacturers.
CQ Construction discusses what makes these roofs energy-efficient and why you should consider metal roof replacement in the future.
Metal roofs are energy-efficient thanks to their naturally reflective surface. Unlike wood and asphalt that tend to absorb radiant heat from the sun, metal roofs reflect it back. This means less heat gain for your home during the warmer seasons and heat-related damage as well.
Further increasing the energy-saving properties of metal roofs are their energy-efficient finishes. The most effective choice is what many in the industry call a cool metal finish. This is a highly reflective coating that uses cool pigments that boost the solar reflectance of the metal roof while also decreasing its surface temperature.
We highly recommend this coating during new roof construction as it can reduce your home’s air conditioning usage by up to 40%. Keep in mind, though, that while these finishes certainly improve the energy efficiency of a metal roof, they are optional add-ons. Even an unpainted metal roof will reflect more solar radiation than an asphalt, tile, or slate roof.
Metal Roofs and Insulation
Insulation is vital to the health of the roof and overall comfort of your home. While metal roofs aren’t any more insulating than other roofs, they do protect the built-in insulation better than other roofs because of their higher durability and weather resistance.
Metal roofs are also low-maintenance and only require cleaning and timely roof repairs to keep them in good condition. Its life span of 50 to 60 years may seem shorter than tile and slate’s, metal roofs are potentially more durable.
CQ Construction will make sure your new metal roof is properly installed to take full advantage of its benefits. We also offer maintenance and repair services to make your new roof last for as long as possible. Our residential roofing company also offers new construction services. Call us today at (850) 634-4007 to learn more. We offer metal roof replacement in Crestview, FL.