Desert Homes Glow with the Beauty of Metal Roofing
With a leisure lifestyle and the natural beauty of the surrounding desert, many Henderson homeowners look to enhance the style and comfort of their home with special features that complement the environment around them. One element that has a big impact on the look of a home is its roof. If you’re planning a custom new or remodeled home, have you considered metal roofing? From classic copper or zinc to elegant modern pre-finished galvanized steel panels, metal roofs are growing in popularity and are well-suited for Southern Nevada homes.
Consider some of the advantages of copper and metal roofing:
Style and Curb Appeal of Metal Roofing
Metal roofs are increasing in appeal and popularity as more people discover the advantages of metal roofing. Some people aren’t sure about metal rooftops because they have an old view of metal roofing, like sheet metal just hammered in place. But metal roofing has come a long way. One of the advantages of metal roofing materials like copper, zinc, steel and aluminum, is that they come in many different varieties and can be molded into beautiful forms and designs. Homeowners can choose among panels, strips, shingles, and other styles. Thanks to a variety of coatings, metal rooftops can be built in a wide variety of colors and can even mimic other types of roofing.
Metal Roofs are Energy Efficient
Metal adds to the energy efficiency of a house, especially in warmer climates like Henderson’s. This is because of the naturally reflective properties of metal: instead of absorbing sunlight as heat, it reflects that sunlight back into the air. Some installations provide ventilation between the roof panels and the substrate. The result? Your house stays cooler, and you save money on energy bills during the hottest months. And most metal roofing is recyclable so there’s less that ends up in landfills.
Metal Roofing is Durable and Weather Resistant
Metal rooftops are some of the most durable around. Unlike materials like asphalt, metal handles time and the elements in an elegant manner. Metal rooftops typically last between 40 and 70 years or more, depending on the metal and the style. That’s one of the longest roofing lifespans around, which means less money spent on replacements and repairs. Metal is also one of the most fire resistant roofing materials, making it easy to meet building code requirements and protect your roof from fire. Metal roofing is lightweight which is easy on the house’s frame. And, because of it’s durability, longevity and beauty, a metal roof adds to the resale value of your home.
Customization and Classic Features
Metal is a great choice for restoring old houses or giving a new rooftop a classic or historic appearance. This is particularly true of copper rooftops: Copper’s famous patina contributes a classic feel. Metal rooftops can be enhanced with beautiful decorative or functional features such as vents, chimney caps, gutters, cupolas, and panels, which add to the unique, custom look of your metal roof.
Some considerations to be aware of if you are considering adding a metal roof to your home:
Cost of Copper Roofing and other Metal Roofs
While copper roofing’s style and durability are of the highest quality, metal roofing is more costly than most other roofing materials. Add in customized design and fixtures, and it’s clear that metal roofing is a true luxury product. But don’t forget, metal roofing is an investment, and the cost is partially offset over time since metal roofs need little maintenance, last longer than most other roofs, save energy and can add significantly to the value of the home.
Metal Roofs and Weathering
While metal is very resistant to weather conditions as a whole, metal materials are susceptible to oxidation. When it comes to natural materials like aluminum, zinc and copper this actually adds to the beauty of the roof, but steel can rust and degrade. Coatings prevent this from happening by sealing off the metal, but coatings can fade over time and rust problems can sneak in, especially in wetter climates.
In climates with a lot of disparity between temperatures – hot summers and cold winters – metal rooftops will expand and contract through the year, which may cause panels with fixed fasteners to loosen. Quality panels are installed with concealed clips which allow for this expansion and contraction. Simple maintenance is advised to check and tighten up fasteners loosened when metal expands and contracts during extreme temperature changes.
Heavy rainstorms may be noisy under a metal roof. Some metal roofs tend to magnify the sound of rain since the metal is unable to buffer the impact of raindrops like wood, asphalt and tile do. Ask your builder about ways to eliminate or reduce rain noise in your metal roof design.
Consider Metal Roofing for your home
Overall, copper and metal roofs are a joy to the homeowners who choose them. Metal roofs are an opportunity to make the home special, to add to the visual impact of the home and its surroundings. If you would like to see more examples of our work with metal roofs in Henderson and Southern Nevada, visit our photo gallery on our website. If you have any questions on copper and metal roofing, we’d be happy to answer them and help you decide if metal roofing is right for you home.