Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a steel roof? Actually, if there was ever a superhero version of a roof, this would be it. Strong, virtually indestructible, and requiring very little maintenance, your steel roof can protect your home or commercial building for centuries without so much as a second thought.
Steel Roof Styles
Anyone who thinks a steel roof is simply made of corrugated metal has not seen a metal roof lately. Different styles, colors, textures are now available on the market including steel tiles that mimic the look of a traditional asphalt shingle roof. Steel roofs can also be installed using exposed fasteners or hidden fasteners to enhance the overall look of your home or building.
Pros of Steel Roofs
Metal roofing of any type is ideal for climates that experience dramatic temperature changes. Fire resistant and lightweight, these roofs shed snow easily while reflecting mid-day heat. Many metal roofs are also installed over dense foam panels that increase a building’s energy efficiency. They can also be installed on roofs with a high pitch as well as those with a lower slope making them a versatile option for every home or commercial property owner. Best of all, when they are properly installed, steel roofs are virtually maintenance free. With a little periodic inspection, your steel roof can last 20 to 50 years. Most painted finishes generally last 30 years, but can be periodically repainted for an easy spruce-up.
Cons of Steel Roofs
The biggest drawback of having a steel roof installed on your property is the initial cost. If you plan to own your property for decades, a metal roof’s initial expense comes into play when it would normally be time to install a new roof. While others have to have a tear off of their asphalt shingles, you can enjoy your worry free roof for decades longer. Another big con is the noise associated with a steel roof. While some people hear the gentle “ping” on their metal roof and think of steel drums in the Caribbean, others find the noise is bothersome when it rains or hails. However, many steel roofs have structural foam barriers for energy efficiency that minimize this noise.
Finally, while metal roofs are fire resistant and durable, they are no match for Maryland hail storms. Think of the damage golf ball sized hail wreaks on your car. Now, spread that material over the entirety of your home or office building and elevate it. However, many steel roofs are guaranteed not to dent, no matter what gets thrown at it.
In the end, steel roofs are beautiful, durable and maintenance free. Like many superheroes portrayed in movies. For more information on whether a steel roof is right for your home or to find out more about the variety of styles and finishes, call Crown Remodeling today. Let our expert roofing contractors give you a no-surprises quote on replacing your roof with one that is guaranteed to show its strength for decades to come.