More homeowners in San Antonio, TX than ever before are choosing metal roofing over traditional asphalt shingles and it’s easy to see why.
A metal roof will last more than twice as long as shingles, while boosting resale value, providing superior protection, durability, and it’s virtually maintenance-free.
Metal roofing is one of the best ways to keep your home covered for decades to come.
Why People Choose Metal Roofs
Those who understand roofing, know that the benefits of metal roofing far outweigh the cost. It offers beautiful style, fire resistance, energy efficiency, and long-lasting durability.
Durable – Metal roofs are virtually indestructible. They are naturally fire, rot, and insect-resistant. They will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike. They can also stand up against other elements of Mother Nature like high wind, extreme temperatures, hail, snow, and ice.
Eco Friendly – Metal roofing is manufactured with 25-95% recycled content, and is 100% recyclable at the end of its life.
Energy Efficient – Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which means that heat is not absorbed into your home. These reflective properties alleviate your AC and can reduce cooling costs by 10-25%.
Has Longer Lifespan – Compared to other roofing materials metal roof has double the lifespan. Typically, a traditional asphalt shingle roof will last between 10-and 20 years. A metal roof will easily last at least three times that long. When you know you won’t have to replace your roof for at least 50 years, it’s clearly a valuable investment.
Lightweight – Metal protects the structural integrity of the building by avoiding additional weight on the roof. On average, it weighs 1.4 pounds per square foot which is about half the weight of traditional roofing materials.
Types of Metal Roofing We Offer
There are several styles and materials of metal roofing. Each provides the same level of durability with a slightly different aesthetic appeal.
Metal Roofing Types
- Vertical Panels: This is perhaps the most popular styles. Vertical panels may be installed with a standing seam or exposed fasteners.
- Standing Seam: In a standing seam system, the fasteners are covered by a rib, or seam in the metal panel. This is a raised vertical seam that creates a very modern and elegant appearance. This is also referred to as hidden fastener or concealed fastener metal roofing.
- Exposed Fastener: An exposed fastener roof is one where you can see the fasteners on the roof, they are not hidden by seams or ribs. This is a more budget-friendly style and also gives a rustic appearance that is popular with many homeowners.
- Metal Shingles: If you like the look of shingles, but want the benefits of metal roofing – you can have the best of both worlds with metal shingles. The metal panels are embedded with stone granules and are installed with hidden fasteners to give the look of traditional asphalt shingles.
- Metal Slate: These panels are just over four feet long with “split” edges to look like six separate slates. When installed, the untrained eye can’t tell the difference between a slate roof and metal slate panels.
- Metal Tile: Metal tiles combine the durability and longevity of metal roofing with the beauty, texture, and color of tile. This unbeatable combination provides the ultimate in beauty and strength.
- Metal Shake: A traditional wooden shake roof is a stunning choice, but requires heavy maintenance and expensive upkeep. Metal shake roofing consists of aluminum panels that are painted to give the very realistic look of wood without the hassle of real wood roofing.
Metal Roofing Materials
- Copper: This is the original and oldest form of metal roofing in the business and will likely outlast your lifetime (and probably your children’s lifetime too). It can be installed in any climate and typically lasts over 100 years.
- Steel: Steel is one of the strongest metals on the planet making it perfect for roofing. It is resistant to corrosion for over 60 years and does not expand or contract when the temperature fluctuates, making it perfect for any climate.
Signs You Need to Repair Your Metal Roof
Professional installed metal roofs will last longer than any other roofing material, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.
There are still some instances where your metal roof may need to be repaired.
1. Punctures and Tears -These are usually caused when homeowners get on their roofs and accidentally puncture or tear their metal sheets.
If this happens, you may unknowingly let water or moisture inside your roof and cause the underlayment to weaken. Even tiny punctures or tears should be remedied as soon as possible.
2. Blow-Offs – A well-installed metal roof is designed to withstand hurricane-force winds in all kinds of climates. However, Mother Nature can wreak havoc in even the safest areas.
After a storm, have a thorough inspection and promptly repair any loose seams or gaps to avoid serious destruction of your metal roofing.
3. Corrosion and Rust – During installation, metal roofs are coated with a non-corrosive agent. However, if this coating isn’t applied properly, or was damaged in a storm, corrosion and rust can occur.
Even a small amount of rust should be inspected and repaired before it spreads to larger portions of the roof.
4. Worn Paint – Many homeowners will choose to paint their metal roof. This may be done to add an additional waterproof coating and can also add a beautiful aesthetic.
Hail, falling debris, and fluctuating temperatures can cause paint to wear out over time. Worn paint can lead to rust if the metal is exposed. Any areas of worn paint should be touched up to protect your roof from damaging water leaks.
3 Signs You Need a New Metal Roof
Metal roofing boasts an extremely long lifespan, but nothing lasts forever (although copper roofing comes close).
Here are a few signs to look for that your metal roof may be reaching its limit.
1. Your Roof is Old – Metal roofs last a long time. In fact, many homeowners have no idea how old the roof is because it was likely installed before they were born.
With a lifespan of 50 years (and sometimes longer), knowing the age of your roof can help you decide if it’s time to replace it. Eventually, even the most durable sheets of metal roofing will need to be replaced.
2. Loose Seams – Metal panels are attached to each other through seams in the roof. These seams are critical for protecting the building and maintaining structural integrity.
Age, weather, and other factors may cause these panels to loosen over time. An annual roof inspection can tighten these seams and extend the life of your roof. But after tightening the seams so many times, they may need to be replaced.
3. Interior Damage from Leaks – Problems on the inside of your home are often a strong indicator of problems on the outside. Any water damage to the walls, siding, or ceiling of your home could indicate a problem with the roof. Left unattended, even small leaks can damage the entire structure down to the foundation of the home.
FAQs About Metal Roofs