Many homeowners are considering moving from a traditional roof to metal and for good reason. Both reliable and strong, metal roofs give your home the best protection against extreme weather conditions, including 140-mile-an-hour hurricane-force winds, hail storms, heavy rain, and wildfires.
Metal roofs are nearly impenetrable to moisture, making them an ideal choice in areas that suffer heavy rainfall and downpours. Plus, they are low maintenance and have a Class A rating for fire resistance.
Metal roofs are a great value, because they last 50-plus years, more than two to three times longer than other materials. This will save you money with reduced replacement and repair cost.
And they are more sustainable. Many metal roofs are made from recycled materials and can be completely recycled at the end of their long life rather than ending up in the landfill.
In the summer months, a metal roof also helps save energy. Called “cool roofs,” metal roofs reflect more solar radiation than asphalt, which typically absorbs and holds heat. They also re-emit most of what solar radiation is absorbed, which helps reduce energy costs.
Metal roofs are a perfect fit for any home and are available in a wide range of styles that look just like common roofing material, including shake, tile or even asphalt. Metal roofs also come in an array of colors that will make your house stand out among the rest.
Do you have a story about how your metal roof helped protect your home in an extreme storm or climate conditions this year?
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Here are other things you can do to help protect your home from severe weather damage:
- Keep water flowing away from your home to prevent foundation damage or flooding.
- Ensure all gutters, downspouts, and surface drains are free from debris so water can flow freely.
- Avoid planting shrubs too close to your home. This can cause a “damming” effect and lead to water/foundation damage.
- Caulk around all windows, doors, and cracks to create a tight seal and prevent wind and water intrusion.