Magnificent Metal Roofs

In recent years, metal roofs have emerged as a popular trend among homeowners. While the idea of a metal roof still evokes images of factories and cold industrial spaces for many people, it is easier than ever to choose the durability and functionality of metal without compromising on style. In addition to being durable, metal roofs are versatile enough to be painted to achieve the appearance of other materials such as wood. They add value to a home as they are resistant to fire, sparks, hail and wind. In many cases, metal roofing is advantageous in climates that have large amounts of snow accumulation as metal roofs are typically lightweight. Furthermore, choosing a metal roof can also translate to utility bill savings and a smaller carbon footprint as metal roofing is usually energy efficient. Middlesex County roofers offer an array of metal roofing options and are qualified to help homeowners decide if metal is a suitable choice for their property.

Homeowners who choose metal must first decide on a style. Most metal roofs are made of sheet metal panels or shingles. Panels, sometimes referred to as standing seams, run vertically from one end of the roof to the other. Each panel is joined to the next along a shared seam.

Therefore, panels cover a larger surface area with fewer interlocking pieces. Similar to traditional fiberglass/asphalt shingles, metal shingles are small square pieces placed consecutively until the entire roofing area is covered. However, metal shingles outlast their asphalt counterparts with manufacturers sometimes boasting that their shingle product will be the last roof the homeowner will ever need.

Shakes and tiles are somewhat less popular than shingles and panels. Nevertheless, they are options homeowners may wish to consider. Metal shakes are a more durable alternative to wood shakes. They feature a relatively low-maintenance, weather-resistant base that can usually be painted to resemble a variety of wood and earth tones. Metal tiles are similar to traditional roofing tiles. However, they are also more durable and lighter in weight. Metal tiles can be painted to mimic the look of ancient and historical buildings that feature barrel tile.

Most homeowners immediately realize that metal roofs have an installation cost higher than other types of roofing. Despite the initial sticker shock, homeowners may take comfort in knowing that the money they spend up front is well worth the added durability and minimal maintenance requirements most metal roof owners enjoy. The roofing experts at Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ can answer your questions regarding new roofs or roof repairs.

Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ defines a common roofers term:

Fiberglass/Asphalt Shingles

Fiberglass is one of two available types of asphalt shingles. A woven fiberglass base mat is coated with waterproof asphalt and topped with ceramic granules to protect the product against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Question and answer courtesy of Middlesex County roofers Fortified Roofing:

How long do metal roofs last?

It is difficult to exactly predict the lifespan of a roof as there are several influencing factors, including climate and upkeep. However, metal roofs often last at least 50 years with many lasting much longer. The oldest metal roofs in the world were constructed more than 100 years ago. Anti-rust technologies and paint can extend the lifespan of a metal roof, keeping the metal in decent condition even longer.

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