Almost 6 years ago we had a leaky roof. I had a four month old baby, my husband was out of town, I had a double ear infection and sinus infection (oh, wait I had a 2 ½ year old too) and a major rain storm came through and drip, drip, drip is what I heard.
I panicked of course.
Buckets came out and then the dripping happened in another area of the house and another. Um, I wasn’t going to keep up with this bucket thing for very long.
Cover my roof and stop the leaks please!
Now I see metal roofs and I wish I would have spent more time researching. I’ve seen more and more of them where I live and they’re not unattractive like I would have imagined. In my head I think of a run-down shack at the side of the road with an old metal roof (the roof intact)! From what I’ve learned metal roofs have many advantages, including energy saving. Plus they come in a variety of designs to fit the look of your house.
What I’ve learned about metal roofs (should you be considering a new roof soon):
Metal roofs can be installed right over your old roof
There’s no need to remove your old roof before installing a metal one. In what is known as a metal-over-slope retrofit, the metal roof can be built right over your existing roof. The space between the two roofs can be insulated to increase energy efficiency if the climate is cool, or the space can be left ventilated and somewhat open to provide convective cooling.
Metal roofs reflect sunlight, which reduces the heat absorbed by the roof. This makes them ideal for hot climates, and the need for air conditioning is greatly reduced.
A solar thermal heat recovery system can be added to a metal-over-slope retrofit. The solar thermal heat recovery process involves a collector that uses air heated by the reflected sunlight to provide heat inside the building during cold weather, or to heat the building’s water.
Made from zinc and aluminum, metal roofs are weather and fire-resistant, and last from 30-50 years. (Asphalt roofing needs to be replaced every 12-20 years.) Metal roofs are also very resistant to insect damage.
Metal roofs are often made from recycled materials, thus reducing waste. Also, because they can be installed over an existing roof, old roofing does not end up in landfills every 10-20 years. Of course, it’s better for the environment to use less energy, and metal roofs enable homeowners to do that.
Metal roofing is a viable choice for those wishing to save energy costs and help the environment. Metal roofs also save money because they last such a long time, and are versatile enough to incorporate other energy-saving systems. They are customizable and are becoming more widely available as more and more contractors are specializing in metal roof installation.
If only I could go back in time and reconsider my roofing option but hopefully if you’re reading this you’ll consider the benefits of choosing metal roof.