Ten Advantages of Steel Roofing

It’s never been smarter to install a steel roof. Steel roofs are strong, attractive, and eco-friendly. They offer many advantages for homeowners, including a few cost-saving attributes which put some money back in your wallet. And the benefits don’t end there.

1.)    Safe – A steel roof is extremely fire-resistant. It insulates against sparks, preventing a fire from spreading to your home. Steel roofs are classified as a noncombustible roofing material with a Class A rating - the highest possible rating.

2.)    Environmentally-Friendly – Old steel roofs are 100 percent recyclable and often contain recycled metals, unlike asphalt and other roofing materials which only end up in landfills. Additionally, because it is so light-weight, when a new steel roof is installed it can be placed over the existing roof, saving the old roof from becoming more waste in a landfill.

3.)    Saves Money – Not only can a steel roof save you money by keeping your heating and cooling costs low, it’s good for the environment. Steel roofs are energy efficient because they have a higher reflectivity than other roofing materials. In the hot summer months it deflects sunlight from being absorbed, and in the winter it acts as an insulator, reflecting and circulating heat from the underside of the roof back inside the building.

4.)    Low Maintenance – A steel roof will not crack, shrink, or warp under the effects of humidity, sunlight, or other weather. Steel’s durability means less hassle and less cost over the length of its life.

5.)    Long-Lasting – Steel roofs are made to last. The life of a steel roof can be over 50 years, while the average traditional roof lasts only 17 years.

6.)    Resale Value – Steel makes up about 80 percent of the metal roofing market, and demand only continues to rise. Its popularity helps provide better resale values to homeowners.

7.)    Versatile – It is exceptionally customizable with many styles to choose from since a steel roof can be made to look like almost any other type of roof. You can enjoy all the benefits of steel, plus any design you please, including wood, copper, clay, tile, slate, or shingle, among others.

8.)    Tough – A steel roof is durable and weather-resistant, outlasting other roofing materials in any season. Steel roofs stand up against the effects of hurricane force winds, hail, snow, rain, and the sun.

9.)    Light-Weight – Steel is one of the lightest materials available for roofing. It weighs only 1.5 pounds per square foot, which eliminates the need to reinforce your home as with heavier roofing products like asphalt or cement. And, if you’re installing yourself, it’s much kinder on your back.

10.)   Fast Installation – Since a steel roof can be put up over the existing roof, it allows for a quicker, less expensive installation. There are less disposal costs and less disruption to you (and your neighbors’) routine.

This article was originally published at: www.capitalsteel.net/blog/ten-advantages-of-steel-roofing