Roofing is an integral component of residential and commercial properties. Given the fact that Maine is no stranger to severe weather conditions, home and building owners need to be sure that their roofing systems have a long service life. Among various roofing options, metal roofs have been proven to withstand harsh environmental elements and provide a great deal of advantages.
An article from Buildings.com written by Rodger Russ mentions the study conducted by the Ducker Research Company, which revealed the fact that building owners put much emphasis on service life and lifecycle cost when it comes to roofing materials. Here’s an excerpt:
Experience demonstrates that a building’s roof system can account for 10% of total construction costs but up to 60% of total lifecycle maintenance costs. Of course, the lifecycle costs of roofing go beyond material and maintenance. Broadly speaking, the choice of a roofing system impacts energy consumption in categories including heating and cooling, lighting, feasibility of roof-mounted renewable energy, potential for government tax incentives and utility rebates, as well as the market value of the building itself.
Dealing with the Sun
Unlike traditional roof materials, a metal roof is known for being an ideal platform as far as solar energy is concerned. Whether you prefer a solar thermal renewable energy solution or a solar electric system, you can’t go wrong with a metal roof. On the other hand, if you hire Maine metal roofing professionals to apply coatings on your roof, it will be able to deflect as much as 75 to 80 percent of the sun’s energy.
Most people have the misconception that metal roofs are more likely to attract lightning. On the contrary, major building code organizations say that metal is a conductor and is non-combustible. Therefore, a metal roof can actually dissipate electrical charge, preventing a structure from catching fire.
Some also people believe that metal roofs are noisy, especially when it rains, but this is not exactly true. In fact, a study has shown that the noise levels of metal roofing are almost the same as other roofing types or materials.
Needless to say, metal roofs have become a cost-effective roofing system for residential and commercial structures. To ensure optimum performance, have your metal roof installed by leading Maine metal roofing contractors, such as Performance Roofing.
(Article Excerpt and Image from 6 Reasons to Consider a Metal Roof, BUILDINGS, July 30, 2013)