5 Reasons to Have Your Metal Roof Installed Before Winter Hits
November 16, 2016 | By Mike Gonet | Filed under: Articles, Education, General, Metal Roofing
With winter around the corner, it is a good idea to install a new metal roof before the blizzards start. Here are five reasons to get it done sooner rather than later.
1. Eliminate Water Damage from Ice and Snow Accumulation on Roof
A strong and durable metal roof resists the damage caused by ice dams and accumulating snow. During unusually harsh winters, the cumulative weight built up on a poorly insulated and ventilated roof can be significant. With watertight installation,metal materials eliminate water infiltration and gradually shed snow and ice, minimizing the burden on top of your house.
2. Energy Saving: A New Roof Will Keep Your Home Better Insulated
With fewer age-related holes and gaps, less heat will escape through an insulated, metal roof. Increasing your energy efficiency means lowering your heating bills – a welcome relief in any season, but especially in winter when heating costs can skyrocket.
3. Snow and Ice Can be Directed to Slide Off of Roof
Metal roofing is an especially popular roofing choice in cold and snowy climates. The roofing material is durable and designed to shed ice and snow in a clean sweep. Measures can also be taken to keep large amounts of snow and ice from falling into high-traffic areas, such as walkways and building entrances. For example, snow guards can help to break up large snow and ice chunks to avoid the “avalanche” effect.
4. Environmentally Friendly and Sustainable
While most people may think that automobiles contribute the largest portion of greenhouse gases, it is actually buildings that are responsible for up to 48%. Today’s traditional aluminum metal roofs are coated with a PVDF resin known as Kynar 500. With this coating, metal roofs can reflect from 25% to 97% of the heat gain that would normally be absorbed into a house. There are also recycled roofing options from industrial metal scrap and post-consumer aluminum beverage cans.
Furthermore, with a Lifetime 50-year non-prorated limited warranty from a reputable metal roofing company, you won’t be replacing your roof every 12-20 years. Instead, you will have a sustainable product with covered repairs and replacement for as long as you own your home.
5. Get a Federal Income Tax Credit
Have you heard of the federal income tax credit for energy efficiency? You can get a credit of value up to $500 for residential energy efficiency efforts on your existing home, but it expires on December 31, 2016. This tax benefit is another great reason to take care of your roof before the worst of winter hits.