Homeowners should consider a metal roofing system when it comes time to replace their roof. In addition to energy savings, metal roofing is cost-effective, more durable and longer-lasting than most other materials. We all know the initial cost for a metal roof is higher than the standard three-tab shingles, you will save money in the long run. A metal roof can last a lifetime, whereas materials like asphalt require reproofing every 10 to 20 years. Plus, no matter what style your home, there’s a metal roofing style to match. In addition, as opposed to non-metal roofing material that begins to deteriorate as soon as it’s exposed to elements such as the UV rays of the sun, temperature changes, severe storms, and high winds, a metal roof will never deteriorate, and can withstand most everything our south Texas weather throws at it! A metal roof will also increase the resale value of your home and lower your homeowner’s insurance.
Many homeowners are turning to metal roofing as a “green” alternative to traditional roofing materials. Homeowners have discovered that installing a metal roofing system is not only one of the most environmentally responsible choices they can make, it’s also one of the most cost-effective. Metal roofing materials are virtually 100 percent recyclable, making them a very sensible choice from an environmental standpoint. Even more important, many of today’s metal roofing systems are coated with infrared reflective “cool roof” finishes, which reflect much of the sun’s infrared radiation and thereby offer significant energy savings. You do not have to sacrifice aesthetic appeal in order to do the right thing to be environmentally conscience.
In our Hot South Texas climate, heat gain through the roof makes up a major share of a house’s cooling load. We all try different strategies to limit heat gain through the roof. Extra ceiling insulation, extra ventilation, under-roof radiant barriers, and sealed attics with insulated roof decks can all help in certain circumstances. But research shows that the single most effective way to cut the cooling loads from a hot-climate roof is to make the roof reflective. Reflective roofs work because they stop the rooftop heat before it ever gets going. The sun’s rays hit the roof at the speed of light, and at the speed of light, they bounce back into space. White or light-colored materials work best, but some new dark pigments reflect enough invisible infrared radiation to reject a lot of solar energy.
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