Although asphalt continues to be the most widely used material in the roofing industry, metal roofing is quickly gaining popularity. Metal roofing has many benefits. As well as being a secure and durable roof choice, metal roof projects look clean and contemporary. Materials such as stone-coated steel or Galvalume are used most often in metal roofing projects.
A metal roof is going to last a long time. Generally, a metal roof will about as long as the house itself. Metal roofing eliminates concerns about insect and rot damage, and is very mold- and fire-resistant. A properly installed metal roof keeps water out and can survive high winds.
One material our team of experts uses for metal roofs is called Galvalume. Galvalume is comprised of a steel sheet dipped in a coating of 55% aluminum, 43.4% zinc, and 1.6% silicone. The unique coating gives the steel greater protection from the elements, which allows it to outlast traditional galvanized steel.
Galvanized steel consists of a piece of steel cleaned and dipped into molten zinc. The zinc then hardens onto the steel, creating an extra protective coating. This helps the steel stand up to rust, corrosion, nicks, and dents.
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Metal roofing is surprisingly lightweight compared to traditional roofing materials. Tile roofing can weigh as much as 750 pounds per 100ft2. Concrete tile can weigh as much as 900 pounds in the same area. However, metal roofing weighs between 50-150 pounds per 100 foot square depending on the type of metal used. Lightweight roofing can help save money when building a new home or adding on to your existing home, because you won’t need as many support structures since there’s not as much weight to bear.
A metal roof does an excellent job of reflecting the sun’s rays and keeping heat from building up in your home. This is a key feature in our sunny state of Florida. Metal roofs also help hold heat in during the cooler months. Both of these qualities can help you save money on heating and cooling costs.
Metal roofs are not for everyone. Typically, metal roofs are more expensive to install than other types of roofing (the initial cost is offset by quality materials lasting longer). If not installed correctly, metal roofs can be prone to leaks. At JKS Construction and Engineering, we take pride in our professional installation of high quality materials and your outcome will be a beautiful, long-lasting roof.