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Today, everyone is concerned about sustainability and green choices. Consumers increasingly choose products that have less impact on the environment. Moreover, when it comes to their homes, shoppers are looking for ecofriendly choices in remodeling. Metal roofing is a green choice for many reasons. Thus, homeowners are opting to install metal roofs on their homes more and more often. But not every roofing contractor has the knowledge and experience to install metal roofing correctly. When searching for metal roofs near me in North Carolina, you’ll want a skilled roofing company like Xterior LLC.
If you’ve been shopping for a new roof, you’ve probably heard about the long life of metal roofing. Often, it’s the main reason a homeowner will choose metal roof panels. Depending on the material and installation, a metal roof can last between 40 and 100 years. Truly, it will be the last roof you ever buy. How many times will you have to replace your asphalt shingle roof in that same time period? You can easily see how the savings stack up.
But metal roofs are extremely durable too, surviving years of severe weather. Typically, manufacturers build metal roofs to withstand winds up to 140 mph. However, FEMA has documented one standing seam metal roof surviving winds of 170 mph. Furthermore, metal panels are highly resistant to hail, a common occurrence here in North Carolina. Also, ice damming is virtually non-existent. Because snow slides right off metal panels, ice doesn’t have a chance to form.
It wasn’t that long ago when your only choice in metal roofing was bare, corrugated panels. Colors were a choice of gray or…gray! Thus, most homeowners chose asphalt shingles. As manufacturers improved their product with bold colors and stunning styles, homeowners began to choose metal for their roofing needs. And so, the market share continues to increase every year.
Today, metal roofs are available in many different colors. Additionally, manufacturers continually offer new, trendy hues. Whether you want a rich, bold color or a light, neutral tint, your roof can reflect your flair. Undecided about the best color choice? You can try out different options with a visualizer tool simply by uploading a photo of your home.
In addition to the numerous color choices possible, many styles are available as well. While standing seam is the most popular, homeowners can also choose styles that mimic shingles, slate, tile, or shakes. Thus, whatever the architectural style of your home, there’s a color and style to match.
These days, many people are concerned about the environment. Increasingly, consumers choose products with the least impact on our eco-system. Metal roofing is a product that is both a sustainable and an eco-friendly choice.
All the types of metal used in roofing are 100% recyclable. Additionally, brand new metal panels contain 25-95% of recycled material. Whereas, according to industry experts, much of an old asphalt roof ends in a landfill. In the U.S., shingle waste is an average of 11 million tons annually. Moreover, it can take up to 300 years for asphalt shingles to fully decompose.
Furthermore, metal roofs reduce energy consumption. In the summer, metal panels reflect radiant heat, lowering cooling costs by 10-25%. But how does metal roofing compare in the winter? In colder temperatures, metal roofing panels experience much fewer temperature fluctuations between day and night than asphalt shingles. Thus, the inside of your home stays warmer.
It’s true the upfront cost of metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingles. However, there are many savings over the life of the roof. First, you may have to replace your asphalt shingle roof 3-5 times during the lifetime of a metal roof. This alone saves you thousands of dollars. Additionally, there’s also the energy savings we just discussed.
Furthermore, some homeowners’ insurance companies also give discounts on premiums for having a metal roof. Due to metal roofing’s durability, there’s less likelihood of damage and insurance claims. So, insurance companies pass the savings on to you. All these add up to significant offsets to the price of your roof.
Moreover, a metal roof is more attractive to home buyers due to its durability, so the value of your home increases when you install a metal roof. When it comes time to sell, you will receive much of your investment back because your home will command a higher price.
Although there are several other metal choices, the most popular are steel and aluminum. Copper is quite expensive and generally only used as an accent. While zinc roofing was very popular in Colonial America, its demand waned with the introduction of cheaper asphalt shingles. With the increase in the popularity of metal roofing products, zinc is starting to make a comeback.
Undoubtedly, homeowners choose steel roofing more than any other metal. Not only is steel strong, but it is the least expensive. Because naked steel corrodes, manufacturers coat steel in a protective coating. Your choices are galvanized or Galvalume® steel.
Manufacturers produce galvanized steel by coating it with zinc. For over 200 years, American homeowners have used galvanized steel for roofing. In 1972, Bethlehem Steel improved this product by coating steel with both zinc and aluminum to form Galvalume®. Today, many metal roof manufacturers use Galvalume® over galvanized due to its longevity and anti-corrosive properties.
Lightweight and durable, aluminum is another popular metal roofing option. Although aluminum is more expensive than steel roofing, you’ll want to consider it if you live in a coastal area. Aluminum is very resistant to the highly corrosive properties of salt. Moreover, aluminum does not rust.
Generally, the first question homeowners always ask is, “How much is it going to cost me?” While there are many online calculators to offer estimates, there are many variables to consider. The best option is to get a free no-obligation quote by calling us at 336-329-3667.
Nevertheless, we can discuss many of the variables that affect pricing. Your choice of material, which we’ve already explained is a big portion of your cost. The style or profile of your metal panels is another factor. Standing seam, panels, and shingles all have their own price structure.
Metal roofing is also available in different gauges or thicknesses. Manufacturers make residential roofing panels in gauges ranging from 22 to 29. The higher the number, the thinner the metal and the least expensive. Is it necessary to choose the thickest metal? Not necessarily. You should consult with an experienced roofing contractor to determine your needs. When we provide our free consultation, we can guide you through the options, so that you make the best decision based on your location, style of the house and your budget.
Although the material is a big portion of the price of a metal roof, labor is a large percentage too. A sizable roof not only requires more material to cover it but also more labor hours. The slope or incline of the roof also affects the price. Steeply sloped roofs are harder to work on and require more safety equipment.
In addition, the architectural style of the roof may add to the complexity of the work. A many-angled roof or one with dormers or skylights requires more cutting. These areas also require the installation of flashing to prevent leaks.
Finally, the accessibility of your roof is a factor in cost. Does your house sit on a hill and is hard to access? Or are there many trees and shrubs blocking the way? These factors may be problematic requiring additional equipment and labor.
Take the guesswork out of the cost of a new metal roof! We give free no-obligation estimates! Moreover, we have affordable financing options. Our lenders offer unsecured, no lien, no prepayment penalty financing. Call us today at 336-329-3667 to set up an appointment.
Undoubtedly, metal roofs are strong and long-lasting. However, the longevity and durability of metal roofing are heavily dependent on the quality of the installation. An inferior installation is one of the major causes of early deterioration of metal roofs. Improperly installed metal panels can rust in just a few years.
One of the primary purposes of your roof is to prevent water penetration to your interior. Thus, your installer must be able to create weather-tight seams to avoid moisture penetration. Your roofing contractor’s choice of sealant and fasteners greatly affect a metal roof’s ability to perform this function.
To start with, metal roofing panels require a good quality sealant at all contact points. A good sealant forms a barrier preventing the penetration of moisture. Sidewall and chimney flashing are some places requiring sealant.
When choosing your sealant, you want a product that is not only waterproof but durable. Moreover, metal expands and contracts with temperature changes. Thus, you need a sealant that can operate under these conditions. An additional consideration is the color of the sealant when dry. One that dries clear will be unnoticeable.
Although small, fasteners are an extremely important component of your metal roof. There are different types of fasteners manufactured from different materials for either strength or anti-corrosion benefits. Using the correct fastener is an important factor in the longevity of your metal roof. Also, installers must pay special attention to residential roofs in coastal areas where salt-water corrosion is a common problem.
Typically, manufacturers use either carbon or stainless steel to make fasteners. While carbon steel is much stronger and harder, it rusts more easily than stainless steel. Thus, many carbon steel fasteners have a protective anti-rust coating such as zinc.
Generally, the most common fasteners are pancake head, hex head, and exposed gasket head. Knowing where and when to use each type is critical. Manufacturers recommend certain fasteners for anchoring metal to wood or metal to metal.
Finally, correctly attaching the fasteners to the roofing material is singularly important. For example, the exposed gasket head fasteners have a gasket attached to keep water from entering. Over-tightening these fasteners can destroy the gasket. While under-tightening leaves a gap.
Moreover, some roofing companies use rubber gaskets. Over time, rubber will disintegrate leaving a gap for water penetration. Silicone is much more weather-resistant and longer-lasting. That’s why it’s our choice for gaskets.
There are so many benefits of metal roofing that it’s easy to see why it’s becoming more popular. However, it’s important to hire an experienced roofing contractor to reap all the advantages. Our expertise in metal roofing installation, combined with using quality materials makes it an easy choice! When searching for roofing companies installing metal roofs near me, choose Xterior LLC. If your business needs a roof replacement, we also handle commercial roofing. Our experts can handle any size project, residential or commercial.
Xterior has over 45 years of combined experience in the home improvement industry. Plus, we’re family-owned and we’re BBB-accredited. With offices located in High Point, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Greensboro, we service many areas of North Carolina. Moreover, we also install vinyl siding, decks, fences, and windows.
We back every installation with extensive warranties covering both labor and material. Plus, we offer a workmanship guarantee and are 100% fully insured to protect you. And because we understand the expense of a new roof, we offer affordable financing options. Additionally, we offer discounts to military, seniors, teachers, and first responders.
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