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Metal roofs, specifically steel ones, have grown in popularity these past few years. With the countless benefits that accompany steel roofing, it is easy to understand why they are becoming more and more mainstream.
Before deciding what roofing material is perfect for your home or business, learn more about the advantages of steel roof panels.
Arguably one of the biggest advantages of opting for steel roof panels over other roofing mediums is longevity. Although bare steel is prone to rust, modern technology has lead to the innovation of anti-rust coatings, such as Galvalume and galvanized coatings.
Today, steel roofing will last on average approximately 40 to 70 years. However, if the roof is maintained well, it can last for over 100 years. Currently, asphalt shingles are the most popular choice in the United States. Although, they can only last for a maximum of 20 to 25 years.
Indianapolis is notorious for its blizzards and will occasionally experience floods and tornadoes. Further, wildfires, earthquakes, and heavy rains are not uncommon for the state of Indiana. Living in Indiana, it is crucial to have a roof that is able to endure even the most extreme weather conditions.
Steel roofs can handle the harsh conditions of snow or hail storms and heavy rains. Additionally, steel roofs are able to withstand the effects of 140 miles per hour winds, making it a much more durable option than asphalt or wood roofs. By its very nature, steel panels are a hard substance that is naturally impact-resistant, wind-resistant, and fire-resistant.
Opting for steel roof panels is an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient decision that will both help the environment and save you some money. Old steel roofs are made of 100 percent recyclable materials; meaning, it does not have to end up in a landfill at the end of its life, unlike other roofing materials, such as asphalt, which can only end up in landfills. To add, these roof panels generally contain 25 to 95 percent recycled content, while asphalt shingles are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Steel roof panels can be continuously recycled and reused.
In comparison to other roofing materials, like asphalt shingles, steel roof is a more energy-efficient option. Asphalt shingles tend to absorb radiant heat. Meanwhile, steel roof panels reflect solar radiant heat. As a result, choosing to install steel roof panels can help lower your cooling costs by 10 to 25 percent during Indiana’s hot summers. Also, during the winters, steel roof panels will help prevent heat from escaping, so your home’s heating system will not have to work as hard.
Safety is almost always at the forefront of one’s mind, whether it concerns your business or your home. As previously mentioned, steel roof panels are naturally fire-resistant and are classified as a noncombustible roofing medium with a Class A rating.
Steel roofing is able to insulate against sparks, which can prevent a fire from spreading to your home and business. Even during a wildfire or after a lightning strike, a steel roof will still not spark and ignite. Separately, these roof panels seal out moisture, which prevents the development and growth of mold and mildew.
If you or someone you know is interested in installing steel roof panels, Jackson Contracting is here to guide you through every step of the way.
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