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Why Use Steel

The first assumption to dispel about steel roofing is that it's heavier than other roofing materials. Steel roofs are actually lighter, weighing between 1/3 to 1/2 as much as asphalt shingles and far less than slate or tile. Unlike old, rusty corrugated shed roofs, modern steel roofing is usually galvanized (or zinc-coated) to resist corrosion and other effects of exposure to the elements. A steel roof usually lasts anywhere from 20 to 50 years -- much longer than a typical asphalt shingled roof. It is also manufactured in many attractive assortments of colors and shapes, and can even be made to reproduce the look of tile, slate, and cedar wood shingles. Another assumption to dispel is that a steel roof means lying awake listening to rain and hail crashing down above your head; it is just as quiet as other roofing materials during a storm.

Economic Benefits
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Steel roofing also has many cost-cutting benefits. For one, steel roofs can be installed directly over old roofing material, thereby greatly minimizing the cost of disposal fees that are usually part of re-roofing jobs. This also translates into faster installation times that cut down on labor costs. You will also find that steel roofs deter typical roof pests like termites, thus reducing your pest control and fumigation costs over the years. Steel roofs can also offer more safety in fire-prone regions because they are noncombustible. It is popular in earthquake zones because of its relatively light weight, and also serves in areas with heavy snowfall, as snow will slide off rather than accumulate on a steel roof.

Environmentally Friendly
Another benefit of steel roofing is that it's environmentally friendly. The roofing material is comprised of steel that is at least 25 percent recycled content. In fact, steel has been North America's most recycled product for many years, and a steel roof is just as recyclable as a soda can or a salvaged car. Steel roofing is also energy-efficient, and can help reduce heating and cooling costs. When painted a light color, the roof will repel sun and heat, while darker colored roofs absorb and transfer heat faster after dark. Steel roofs are long-lasting. And as a result of their benefits, steel roofs add to the resale value of your home.

Side by Side Comparison Of Steel Roofing to Shingle Roofing
Steel Roofing ShingleRoofing
Longer Warranty Shorter warranty duration
May reduce owner`s insurance Does not reduce owner`s insurance
Most energy efficient Does not reduce energy costs
Steel does not decompose Shingles dry, crack, curl and decay
Fire resistant Presents a fire hazard
Peace of mind Subject to Weather Damage
Minimal Wear & Tear Needs Replacement in 12 to 15 Years

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