Whether you’re erecting a new structure or renovating an existing one, when it comes to roofing materials, you have a number of options. While asphalt continues to be the most common choice for both commercial and residential projects, sheet metal roofing is growing in popularity in Scarborough and throughout the GTA. Here’s a look at some of the top benefits of installing metal roofs.
1. Metal Roofs are Long-lasting Metal roofs will stand the test of time and long outlive their asphalt counterparts. Depending on the type of metal you use—tin, galvanized steel, aluminum, copper, etc.—the roof will be either more or less durable. However, all metal roofs can easily last at least twice as long as an asphalt roof, and some might even endure for hundreds of years. 2. Metal Roofs are Safe Metal roofs are fireproof, making them one of the safest types of roofing available. However, one concern that often gets voiced is on the topic of lightning. Sometimes people assume that metal roofs are a target in an electrical storm, but this is not the case. Most buildings with metal roofs aren’t tall enough to become a true target. In addition, buildings with metal roofs get grounded. This means a safe conduit is provided for any electric current that does hit, which eradicates the possibility of the building getting damaged. 3. Cost-effective It’s true that you’ll spend more outright on a metal roof over one constructed with asphalt tiles. However, in the long run, metal roofs are the more affordable option. A metal roof is generally a once in a lifetime expenditure, whereas asphalt roofs need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years. In addition, there’s typically less maintenance involved with a metal roof, which will also save you money. 4. Energy efficient Lighter coloured sheet metal roofs refract heat, thereby making your home less expensive to keep cool in the hotter months. However, most of us in Scarborough and the GTA are more concerned with the high cost of heating in the winter. But metal roofs can help with this too, as they are in fact excellent insulators. In sum, when it comes to roofing materials, metal is one of the most energy efficient choices. 5. Environmentally friendly Did you know that the steel content in a metal roof is composed of up to 56 per cent recycled content? Additionally, metal roofs can themselves be entirely recycled, making them a very environmentally friendly option. This stands in stark contrast to asphalt roofs. North American landfills currently hold more than 20 billion tons worth of asphalt shingles, which will take approximately 400 years to break down. All the roofing supplies you need No matter what materials you ultimately decide to use for your commercial or residential roofing project, Danforth Roofing Supply Ltd. has the quality products you need to get the job done. Contact us today with any questions about our products or simply visit us at one of our two Scarborough locations.