Metal roofing continues to grow rapidly in popularity, and for good reasons. Not only is it a practical and dependable roofing material, but it also creates a truly distinctive roofline. Congruent with diverse architectural styles, metal roofing is a worthy consideration for residential property owners seeking an alternative to traditional shingles. It can be used throughout the roofline or installed to specific areas, adjacent to traditional shingles, to serve as an accent. In commercial settings, metal roofing holds its own against the more common commercial roofing materials, including TPO, foam systems and traditional asphalt shingles, in addition to giving the overall property an upgraded look. DFW Roofing Pro is proud to offer standing seam metal roofing in our product portfolio.
Benefits of Metal Roofing
When compared to traditional roofing materials, metal roofing won’t be the lowest option. It’s an investment, but the tradeoffs are noteworthy. Beyond delivering an upgraded aesthetic, consider the following benefits of metal roofing:
Durability & Longevity
Given its physical composition, metal roofing is remarkably durable. Composed of specially treated, interlocking metal panels, metal roofing will not corrode or crack. Highly impact resistant, it would take very large hailstones to dent modern metal roofing panels. What’s more, when textured metal roofing is used, such as standing seam metal roofing, even in the unlikely event of very large hailstones, any resultant denting would not be visible. Metal roofing is also designed to sustain strong wind gusts, generally up to 140 mile per hour. Given these environmental and adverse-weather reinforcements, metal roofing weighs in with a life expectancy of 40 years plus! That’s three times the life expectancy of traditional asphalt roofing materials.
Driven by its durability and resultant longevity, metal roofing is definitively low maintenance. Mother Nature does her cleaning quite well, but a good washing about once a year should keep your metal roof looking its best year round. There is no shingle repair work required following a storm or after severe winds. And as far as roof replacement goes, the expected interval is once every four decades. We do, however, recommend scheduling an annual or bi-annual roofing inspection through a certified roofing company to ensure the proper functioning and ongoing durability of metal roofing.
Metal roofing is considered one of the most energy efficient roofing options available today. It deflects UV and infrared light rays from the sun. Above sheathing ventilation, or ABV, is a primary contributing factor to metal roofing’s high energy efficiency. ABV allows air to move between the metal panel and the roofing substrate and ultimately back out into the atmosphere, not down into the building. So during warmer months, property owners can expect to save around 40% on energy cooling costs. It’s a myth that metal roofing will make the interior of a building cooler in cooler months. The retention of heat in a building is driven by the insulation in a building’s attic or ceiling space, not the composition of the building’s roofing material. Cool air is not driven down into a building simply because the roof is metal.
Unlike other traditional roofing materials, metal roofing will not ignite or burn up in a fire, though certainly it could be singed or sustain surface damage. Related, addressing another common myth, metal roofing will not increase the odds of a building sustaining a lightning strike. Metal conducts electricity, but electricity is not drawn to metal. In fact, if lightning does strike a building with a metal roof, it will not combust like other roofing material could.
Eco-friendly, modern metal roofing is manufactured using a high percentage of recycled metal. Furthermore, at the end of its useful life, a metal roof can be recycled. It won’t end up in a landfill.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing
DFW Roofing Company installs premier standing seam metal roofing. Visually, these metal panels feature ridges, or legs, separated by broad flat spaces. Standing seam metal roofing uses interlocking seams to attach panels. Fasteners are not visual in the plane of the panel. Standing seam panels are considered hydrokinetic, meaning they are impervious to running water. They keep the space they cover watertight.
To accommodate diverse styles, DFW Roofing Pro offers three types of standing seam metal roofing materials. These include:
Steel Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Steel is the most common metal used in roofing. Zinc-coated for durability, steel standing seam roofing is available in an assortment of colored finishes. Popular colors include bronze, copper, black, brown, white, grey and red. Finishes range from matte to shiny. With these choices, you are sure to find the look you want.
Aluminum Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Aluminum is a premier metal roofing material. Offering all of the advantages inherent to steel metal roofing, aluminum metal roofing is also incrementally anti-corrosive. As such, it is commonly used in coastal areas to bolster durability. Furthermore, aluminum has a large strength-to-weight ratio. So when compared to steel, a thinner sheet of aluminum will often do the same job. Like steel standing seam roofing, aluminum metal roofing panels are available pre-finished in a wide assortment of colors and finishes.
Copper Metal Roofing Panels
Like other metal roofing, copper is long-lasting and low maintenance. Given the beautiful patina finish it naturally develops with time, copper is a highly desirable accent roofing material. Less often used for an entire roof, copper is brought in to serve as a focal or feature point. It’s commonly used to offset spires, domes, specific roofline hips and other architectural features of a home or business. Due to an involved production profile, copper roofing pricing is higher than other metals, but its rich and unique aesthetic is the tradeoff. At install, copper panels will be a bright burnt-orange color, but they will transition to variations of rich browns and blacks, sometimes mixed with green and blue hues. This is the patina finish characteristic of copper.
Proven Experts in Metal Roofing and Beyond
It’s important to partner with a qualified and experienced roofing contractor to ensure the proper functioning of metal roofing and to capitalize on the remarkable longevity of this roofing material. For over 13 years, DFW Roofing Pro has remained committed to providing premier, dependable roofing services for homeowners and business owners in the greater DFW market. We’re proud of the reputation we’ve earned. Beyond standing seam metal roofing, we install and service asphalt shingle, TPO and foam roofing systems. To compliment our roofing work and further assist our customers, we offer professional painting and siding repair and installation services. Contact us today to discuss your property or request an estimate.