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Schenectady Roofing: Article About Metal Roof Basics

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Metal is becoming an extremely popular choice for roofs among builders and homeowners alike for a number of good reasons. As homeowners become more familiar with the practicality and long term savings as well as the stylish appearance of metal roofs on residences, they are also learning more about the product and the benefits. Whether the owner is considering reroofing an older home or choosing the roof for a house being built for them, it's important to consult a Schenectady roofing professional for advice.

All metal roofing material is not created equal. Metal roofs can be made of galvanized or stainless steel, aluminum, copper or zinc. The most popular and affordable choice is steel, although galvanized steel is not a good choice for homes located near a beach because constant exposure to moisture and salty air can corrode it. Aluminum is another practical choice, and it lasts longer than steel. Copper lasts the longest and is arguably the most beautiful but costs more.

Metal shingles come in a variety of styles and colors. They are manufactured to look like shake, clay or slate and are available in over 100 different colors in standard, premium and custom colors. Metal shingles are just as durable as metal standing seam vertical roof panels, which are still the more popular choice, possibly because many people don't even know that metal shingles exist.

The roofing experts at Ideal Construction of Schenectady NY can answer any questions you have regarding siding or windows.

Metal roofs are appropriate in all climates, and in areas with severe weather, they are the best protection against ice and snow as well as ice dams, which can cause serious damage. Metal roofs are built to withstand hurricane winds up to 160 mph, and FEMA now recommends metal roofs where natural disasters are regular occurrences.

Metal roofs require less maintenance than other roofs do. While a homeowner should not skip their annual roof inspection by a professional, metal roofs do not warp, leak, rot or split. They are also highly resistant to infestation by rats and other rodents as well as termites.

A metal roof can also save homeowners money in energy bills, both heating and cooling. Since metal is reflective, it sends solar heat back into the air instead of absorbing it. Copper and zinc are a bit less energy efficient than steel or aluminum because they are darker and thicker, so they absorb more heat than the lighter and thinner options. However, even the more absorbent metals are cooler than other commonly used roofing materials.

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