For CT homes, a metal roof brings many benefits.
Metal roofing has many benefits, especially for homeowners in a storm-ravaged state like Connecticut. While the cost of a metal roof may be more, many people are willing to splurge on the purchase because of the associated benefits. A metal roof is an investment that can last over 50 years, and we at Connecticut Gutter & Exterior offer two types of metal roofing materials: zinc and copper.
Resistance to the Elements
Metal roofs are ideal for Connecticut homeowners because of their resistance to weather in all forms. While metal roofs are fire resistant, they are also highly wind resistant and practically impervious to rain because of their interlocking panels. During the winter, metal roofs shed snow easier because of their heat-conducting, slippery surface, which prevents roofs from collapsing due to heavy snow build-up.
A Lighter and More Efficient Material
Metal roofing is less of a burden on the structure of your home because of the material’s lighter weight. When comparing 100 square feet of material, tile roofing weighs about 750 pounds while metal roofing weighs anywhere from 50 to 150 pounds. Another benefit is the ease of installation—installing a metal roof requires less work than its traditional counterpart because the metal comes in large, interlocking sheets. Metal roofs are also more energy efficient than others because they reflect heat from the sun, leaving your house naturally cooler.
Choosing Your Metal Roof
Copper: Copper roofing is attractive for its coloring and classic appeal as it turns from a red-orange sheen to a soft green patina. Installing a copper roof is worth the investment considering it can improve your home’s resale value. Copper is also a lightweight and extremely durable roofing material and has no finish, meaning the color it will not peel or scratch off.
Zinc: Zinc is an extremely durable and long-lasting roofing material as its lifespan can exceed 100 years, compared to the 25 year lifespan of a shingled roof. Many people favor zinc for the bluish grey coloring of its outer layer—zinc carbonate, which prevents rust or corrosion. Another benefit to zinc roofing is its eco-friendliness. While over 10 million tons of asphalt shingles are thrown in landfills each year, zinc can be recycled and reused, in turn creating less harmful waste and decreasing the energy cost for manufacturing.
Steel/Stainless Steel: Though a popular roofing material, steel needs to be coated with a zinc finish to protect from corrosion. Steel roofs are then sealed and often painted using epoxy primer and baked-on acrylic color which requires maintenance over time. Unlike steel, stainless steel roofing material won’t rust or corrode, though it is more expensive.
Aluminum: While aluminum is lightweight and resistant to rust, it needs to be coated or painted for appearances. Use only paint made for aluminum surfaces, preferably oil-based, and apply a primer before painting multiple coats. One major drawback for this material is its malleability; aluminum is a soft metal, so it tends to dent easily.
For more information on metal roofs for your CT home, contact us at 203-878-2411 and visit our website.