Metal Roofing In An Urban Setting

In some places, metal roofing carries the stigma of being associated with hay barns and tractor sheds. Thus, some urban dwellers are reluctant to fit their home with long panels of sheet metal. This reluctance has more to do with aesthetics than any disadvantages of metal roofing itself. In fact, metal roofing has many strong characteristics that make it a better choice for roofing than asphalt shingles. While asphalt shingles are less expensive than metal roofing, a good metal roof will outperform shingles in important ways.  


The longer your roof lasts, the less you have to worry about making repairs or replacing your roof. While it is easy to get hung up on the initial cost of a roof, you should also consider how your roof will help you to reduce your maintenance costs down the road. Asphalt shingles will last for 15-20 years, and a good metal roof can last for 60 years or more. Thus, if you don't want to worry about how to fit repair or replacement costs into your budget down the road, you should consider using a metal roof on your home. 

Snow Relief

Asphalt shingles are covered with a layer of protective granules which help to reduce the negative effects of UV damage. These granules, however, give your shingles a texture similar to that of sandpaper. Thus, asphalt shingles create a lot of friction which can prevent snow from sliding off of your roof. The more snow builds up on your roof, the more weight your home has to contend with. In some cases, snow can get so heavy that it collapses your roof. A metal roof will have a low-friction surface which will allow snow to slide right off of your home. Because of this, a metal roof is a good choice if you live in an area where you will receive a lot of snow. 

There's a reason why metal roofs are popular in rural settings: they hold up well to the elements and help to keep costs low. Just because you live in an urban setting does not mean, however, that you can't enjoy the benefits of a metal roof. As far as aesthetics go, metal roofs are also associated with industrial and modern design schemes, so you can still make a metal roof go with a more urban building style. With a metal roof on your home, you are poised to take advantage of all the money-saving benefits that come along with it. Contact Emerald Roofing for more information.