If we owned a new home, we’d want to use metal roofing shingles to make sure our roofs look amazing while having decades of excellent roofing protection and lifespan. Metal roofing has a reputation for being the best long-term materials any homeowner in London ON should use. If you’re just about to replace your roofing or can’t decide which roofing material to use, metal roofing shingles are a force to be reckoned with. Here are some advantages you can have in using them.
The Best of Both Traditional and Contemporary Worlds
Just like metal corrugated panels or standing seam, metal roofing shingles are installed in the same way — through the use of fasteners and screws. However, it shares more installation similarities with standing seam roofing because of its concealed fasteners. Not only will your metal roofing shingles look like the real traditional asphalt shingles, but create a leakproof membrane on your roof.
If you’d like to know more about them, here’s a great explainer excerpt from Forbes.
Metal shingles are formed with an airspace between the metal and the roof deck. That airspace acts as a thermal break to stop the conductive flow of heat from the surface of the roof into the attic. (Think about what the dead air space between two layers of glass in a thermal pane window does.) Testing done by Florida Solar Energy Center showed high reflectance brown metal shingles were reducing heat gain by 40.9% compared to standard asphalt shingles. This is all because of the airspace between the metal and the roof deck. In cold climates there needs to be insulation on top of the ceilings as there would be with all other tiles.
Steel metal shingles are made from steel that has a zinc or zinc and aluminum metallic coating on top of the carbon steel. This anti-corrosive metallic coating protects the steel from rusting. On top of the coating, manufacturers typically have a paint finish or an aggregate coating for added protection. Many metal shingles are also produced from aluminum and copper, which are inherently rust-free metals. (Continued)
If you’d like to see how they share both traditional and contemporary appearances, check out DECRA‘s products (we don’t endorse them, but they have excellent examples of metal roofing shingles). Here’s what they have to say about them.
While the lower initial cost of heavyweight shingles makes them popular, the need to replace them every 10-12 years nullifies the expense advantage. While shingles may be a cost-effective option for short-term, budget-constrained projects such as flipping an older, lower market house for profit, they are rarely an option for the elegant home which is intended to be the sustainable, low-maintenance, centerpiece of the estate for decades.
DECRA metal roofing shingles feature thick-cut edges to provide the same dimensionality of a heavy architectural shingle. The lightweight characteristic means that the need for a complete tear-off of the existing roof material isn’t necessary in many cases. Protective layers and a unique DECRA interlocking
DECRA’s Shingle XD selection is available in a broad range of colors and adds a rich appeal to traditionally styled homes that require the look of heavy-cut shingles with the exceptional durability of stone-coated steel. (Continued)
Lasts and Performs for Decades
Metal roofing shingles — along with their traditional panel counterparts — can last for 50-70 years on average with minimal maintenance. You’re correct to assume they can last for longer with regular maintenance and inspections.
Metal Roofing Systems has time and again seen the average metal roof’s lifespan to last for 50 years. Both steel and aluminum metal roof shingles can last for 50-70 years. On the other hand, using copper and zinc roofs guarantee over 100 years. While they’re initially expensive, metal roofing shingles are indeed excellent roofing materials.
High-end metal roofs such as metal shingles/tiles and standing seam are considered a lifetime system. This means that if a metal roof is properly installed, you will not have to install another roof on your home or building again.
Metal roofs such as aluminum or steel shingles can last for 50 years and often longer, while copper and zinc roofs can often last well over 100 years. — This means that a typical metal roof will last about 3-7 times longer than a typical asphalt shingles roof, which usually needs to replaced every 12-17 years. (Continued)
As mentioned above, it’s important to have a reliable roofing company in London ON to help you with your roof installations. After all, doing them correctly makes sure they can last a lifetime. Make sure to contact us at Cub Roofing for all your roofing needs!