One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!
Cedar, slate, asphalt, rubber, foam, galvanized steel, copper—what do these materials have in common? They can all be used for the roof of your home. With so many roofing options to choose from, it can be difficult to make a choice. In the end, you need to choose a roof that will protect your roof from whatever mother nature can throw your way. Metal roofs make a good choice because they are impervious to fire, resilient to snow's mischief, and helpful in keeping cooling costs down.
If you live in an area that is prone to fires, the wrong roofing choice can leave your home vulnerable to fire damage. For example, if you use an asphalt shingle roof, a spark can easily ignite the tar in your roof and cause a conflagration. Similarly, cedar shingles that have been baking in the sun all summer can easily erupt in flames. Rather than leave your home vulnerable to fires, you should look for a roof that will protect your home. A metal lid for your home will keep stray sparks at bay, and thus help to keep your home safe even if the forest starts right in your backyard.
Snow can cause problems for a home in two ways: 1) Snow can build up all winter long, and as it does, the weight of snow will put strain on your home's frame. In the worst case scenario, snow can collapse your roof and destroy your house. 2) Snow that melts over the body of your house can freeze over the eaves and create a dam of ice that will cause snow to leak under your roofing shingles. Metal roofing can protect your home by allowing snow to slide off. Also, a solid metal panel will leave nowhere for any water that does dam up to leak under your roof.
Reducing Cooling Costs
A metal roof can reflect the sun's energy away from your home. By reducing the amount of the sun's energy that seeps into your home through your roof, a metal roof can help to reduce your cooling costs by up to 25%.
As illustrated, metal roofs have many beneficial characteristics. Some people steer away from metal roofs because they are a little pricier than materials such as asphalt shingles. While a metal roof might come with a higher initial costs, the benefits of a metal roof can still make it a cost-effective roofing material.Share