You may have noticed steel roofs popping up here and there throughout Twin Cities neighborhoods and wondered why. After all, aren't steel roofs primarily for barns, sheds, and pole buildings? While that may have been the case in the past (and it continues to be the best choice for those applications), more and more home owners are choosing steel roofs when it's time to replace a damaged or deteroriating traditional roof. Here are just a few basics about steel roofing that might help you understand why its popularity is growing:
- Steel is more durable than any other traditional roofing material. It stands up better than asphalt or wood shakes to hail impact and wind. In fact,many insurance companies offer a discount for homes roofed with steel. And it's so durable that it's probably the last roof you'll ever need.
- As a moisture barrier, steel roofing is more effective. There are no shingles or shakes to come loose, which might let in water. And that means no mold or mildew damage.
- Steel roofing is exceptionally resistant to insect and rodent intrusion.
- Per square foot, steel roofing is actually lighter in weight than asphalt roofing. Not only does that place less stress on the underlying roof structure, it also means that often a steel roof can be applied over an existing asphalt roof, reducing the installation costs because there is no tear-off labor and disposal involved.
- Steel roofing is noncombustible, and it has the highest fire-safety rating of any roofing material.
- Steel roofing is very heat-reflective; more heat is reflected off the roof in the summer, and more heat is reflected back into your home from the roof's interior in the winter.
- Unlike asphalt roofs that fade over time, a steel roof only needs a periodic hose-down to keep it looking like new.
- Since steel is made from a natural resource, it's an environmentally sound choice.
- And no, it's not going to be loud inside your house. There is no more noise transferred from a steel roof than any other roofing material.