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Colorado Springs Roofing: Article About Pros and Cons Of Metal Roofs

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The use of metal as a roofing material is becoming increasingly popular all over the country. Metal currently occupies 10 percent of the overall re-roofing market in the United States and is growing at a rate of nearly 6 percent per year.

What are the reasons for metal's growing appeal? Low cost, durability and versatility are helping to drive the market forward. Metal works as a Colorado Springs roofing material for a number of reasons.

The first reason is cost-efficiency. While the initial outlay for a metal roof may be higher than other roofing materials, a metal roof will last twice as long, between 30 and 50 years, as other types of material. In fact, the copper roofs of some cathedrals in Europe have lasted hundreds of years.

In fact, having a metal roof can even bring money into the household. Insurance companies may offer incentives and federal, state and local governments will sometimes give tax credits.

Secondly, snow and rain slide effortlessly off a metal roof. To prevent snow from sliding down in potentially dangerous amounts from a metal roof, snow guards should be installed. Metal roofs can stand up to ice storms, strong winds, flying debris, hail storms and pretty much anything the elements can throw at it. Today's systems are rated for winds of up to 150 miles per hour, equal to an F2 tornado.

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It is a common myth that a metal roof will attract lightning. The truth is, a metal roof is no more likely to be struck by lightning than any other roof. If anything, metal is safer because it is completely fireproof and will safely disperse the electrical energy throughout the structure.

Another metal myth is that it is noisier than other kinds of roof. In truth, the solid sheathing within which metal roofing is installed will actually screen out noises from winds and hail, making it quieter than other roofing materials.

Installing a metal roof is kind to the environment. Frequently manufactured from recycled materials, it is also completely recyclable. Given the longevity of a metal roof, this is something the grandchildren can worry about.

Metal roofing is extremely versatile and suitable for any style of home, modern, traditional and even barn-style. It is available in sheet form and as tiles, which can be designed to mimic the appearance of shakes or shingles. It also comes in a variety of colors and textures.

For further information about whether a metal roof is a viable material for a roof retrofit, contact a local roofing contractor.

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