When it is time to install a new Toronto roofing system for your home, you will have to choose a type of material. Some common options include asphalt shingles, clay tiles, wood shakes and prefabricated metal. Roofs made of metal are growing in popularity. Consider these top four benefits of installing a metal roof on your home.
Metal roofs are known for their longevity. With routine maintenance of the gutters and downspouts, these roofs can last for 50 years. An asphalt shingle roof typically lasts for about 20 years. If you install a metal roof onto your home, it will probably be the only roof that you ever need to install on it. Many people are surprised to learn that metal roofs do not make a lot of noise when it rains, and that is due to the insulating materials installed under the metal. The layers of underlay and insulation extend the roof’s lifespan.
Metal roofs rarely experience problems. Even in a gusty wind storm, it is unusual to have anything go wrong with the roof. Roofs made with shakes, shingles or tiles often have some pieces go missing, curl or crack during such severe weather events. Even if a metal roof gets a few dents from hail stones or a tree branch that falls, it is unlikely to cause a catastrophe requiring emergency repairs. Metal roofs are also unlikely to have problems with the fasteners popping up or with strips of flashing blowing off.
3. Low Maintenance
Few people like to get up on a ladder and clean the granules of asphalt from their shingles. With a metal roof, there will not be any debris. Metal roofs are also unlikely to develop problems with moss or algae growth. Even if the metal roof is shaded by large trees, moss and algae will have no way to grow on the structure. Over time, the roof develops a patina, but this does not change its maintenance needs or durability. Metal roof simply need routine gutter cleaning and inspections to ensure everything is in good condition.
4. Range of Styles and Colors
Metal roofs are available in a range of styles and colors. At the factory, they can be stamped in a way that makes them look like shingles or shakes. The ceramic glaze applied to the metal reflects sunlight, which helps create a more comfortable indoor climate on the upper level of a home. The ceramic crystals also add color to the roof. These roofing systems are available in traditional colors such as gray and brown and in bright colors such as red and green for color coordination.