California Steel Roof Benefits
If you want a roof that lasts choose a metal roof
Steel roof products have been installed in the United States for over 200 years. Most manufacturers now produce a product with galvalume. Galvalume is superior to galvanized steel in that the steel is coated with zinc and aluminum. The combination of metals gives us the assurance that purchasing a steel roof will be your home’s last roof.
Several studies confirm that steel roofs are the most energy-efficient. So much so, that the I.R.S. will allow a tax credit to be taken for the years of 2006 and 2007 for up to $500.00 if you install an approved metal roof!
One study cited is the Florida Power and Light Company study. They built six identical homes with different roofing materials. The materials studied were Asphalt, Concrete, and Steel. As a result, the tests show that a white, galvanized steel roof should save a customer who lives in an average size home approximately 23% annually in cooling costs, compared with a dark gray asphalt shingle roof.
Another study funded by a company called Wedge-It measured the inside living temperature of a home if the outside temperature measured 100 degrees for 8 hours. Results show that the living temperature inside the home would be a follows with the various roofing materials: Asphalt 81.2 degrees, concrete tile 81.9 degrees, and steel tile 77.7 degrees.
A large benefit of a steel roof is that after the sun (heat source) quits shining directly on the roof, the steel will shed its heat quickly. Steel should reach ambient air temperature within minutes of a loss in the heat source; whereas, asphalt and concrete retain the heat for hours. The retained heat then radiates to the attic, keeping the attic warm for hours.
Steel roofing is efficient stated James Dulley, an engineering consultant. Particularly in the summer, a metal roof rejects much of the sun’s heat, which a standard asphalt shingle roof absorbs. This can significantly cut your air conditioning bills and improve your comfort, especially in second-story bedrooms.
Steel roofing can be walked on. If you choose a Boral shake roof, then this panel is the strongest and most walkable stone coated steel roof in today’s market. All stone coated steel roofs can be walked on, but care must be exercised if your steel roof is raised off of the roof with battens. These battens create an air gap of 2″ or more; therefore, you must walk on the steel where it is supported by the battens and not in the middle of the panel.
Styrofoam is available to install as support under any steel panel. The steel panels supported by Styrofoam will allow for walking anywhere on a battened steel assembly. With this technique, we can insert the foam blanks in just walking areas or over the entire roof.
Steel panels are the best product available for wind resistance. Most stone coated steel assemblies have 8 nails per panel. This gives the roof system extreme strength against wind uplift. Manufacturers commonly give a 125 mph wind warranty.
Stone-coated steel products have designer colors available in both solid and variegated colors. A benefit to stone coated panels is that the stone is actually granite with a ceramic finish. The ceramic has great color retention throughout its life. Painted steel panels commonly use Kynar paint that is expected to last a long time. This type of finish is common with Standing Seam panels.
Steel roofing products are produced in every design imaginable from mission tile designs to shake designs. You can find steel roofing on every type of architecture from coast to coast. If you desire the standing seam design then we can provide this material in a variety of colors. Another popular material in the standing seam design is copper. With copper, we can accelerate the patina finish or you can wait and let mother nature do her thing.
Appreciate Your Home with Quality Metal Roofing
If you’ve been considering upgrading your home and increasing its resale value, you should know that beautiful and enduring metal roofing is highly valued as one of the top renovation-friendly building materials for home remodels and new home builders alike.
As reported by Sal Alfano of Remodeling Magazine, homes renovated with standing-seam metal roofing show a rate of 85.9% cost recouped in the national average with up to 95.5% for homes in the Eastern states. A full 1% to 6% resale value gain over homes roofed with asphalt. With all the added safety and longevity associated with quality metal roofing matching installation job costs that reach only one half of that of cosmetic room remodeling averages or even one-eighth of that of a master suite addition, you hardly deny the sense in upgrading.
The following table shows average values associated with a typical roof renovation of 30 squares of standing seam metal, formed on-site into16-inch panels using factory-enameled roll steel (all seams double-locked) with brake-bent flashing from the same material for drip edge and all flashing at roof-wall intersections, a 5-square hip roof with custom flashing at two average-sized skylights, a custom cap treatment, all applied over a new felt underlayment with rubberized asphalt membranes at eaves, valleys, and all penetrations.
Western States Average
- Job Cost 16,906
- Resale Value 14,661
- Cost Recouped 86.7%
Metal roofing can save you up to 40% on your annual energy costs!
Energy Savings with Cool Metal Roofing
More and more, homeowners are seeking out energy-saving building materials for their renovations and new homes, products that not only secure and improve structures but also provide long-term cost-cutting on energy bills while promoting environmental and economic sustainability in the greater community.
Among the array of possible upgrades, “cool metal roofing” easily answers this consumer demand offering a solid, attractive roofing solution available in multiple colors, textures, and profiles, for steep-slope and low-slope applications, that can save your household up to 40% of its annual energy costs, depending on your geographical region.
The Benefits of Energy Efficient Metal Roofing
As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installation of reflective metal roofing can save your home up to 40% in summer cooling energy costs while highly emissive metal roofs can reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12 ° F. Combined, these benefits mean less money out of your wallet, less dependence on energy resources and less general air pollution in your neighborhood and across the nation.
The secret to metal roofing’s energy savings is in its variety of finishes. As shown above, the basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect much of the solar radiation usually absorbed in your attic and home by an asphalt roof. But, for homes in warmer climates, pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed. Where annual cooling loads dominate, a highly reflective and highly emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof is optimal for reducing energy consumption and can actually re-emit up to 90% of absorbed solar radiation.
Additionally, most metal roofing, including standing seam, is composed of recycled material and can be installed directly onto an existing asphalt roof, reducing landfill waste and promoting quick installation as well as decades of environmentally-sound, maintenance-free strength and beauty.