The popularity of metal roofs has soared in recent years because of their attractiveness, durability, sustainability, and energy efficiency. These roofing systems can last 40 to 70 years and can stand up to some of the harshest weather conditions. Furthermore, metal roofs save money.
Sure, they might cost slightly more than a traditional roof. But your savings are compounded by the fact that it will probably be a lifetime roof for your family, and it’s low maintenance. Another big cost-saving factor is the potential for saving on energy bills, which can be significant. If you’ve wondered about the energy efficiency of metal roofs, here’s some information.
Can Metal Roofs Save Money on Energy Bills?
Metal roofs are one of the most energy-efficient options available for your home. They save more energy than asphalt shingles. A study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy found that metal roofs can deliver up to 25% reductions in cooling costs and a 45% decrease in heat flow. Here are some of the ways a metal roof achieves energy efficiency.
When your home’s roof absorbs heat, it can accumulate in the attic and eventually make its way into the living space. It can become uncomfortable during the hottest months of the year. This phenomenon is common with asphalt shingles but not as much with metal roofs. Metal cools down pretty quickly and will retain only about half as much heat as traditional roofing materials.
The best metal roof will reflect heat away from your home instead of absorbing and retaining it. This allows your home to stay at an ideal temperature without excessively relying on its HVAC system. The way to achieve proper heat deflection is through professional metal roof installation. Make sure you hire a metal roofing contractor with experience and a positive reputation in their industry.
Whether you choose a dark-colored metal roof or a light-colored one, steel will significantly reflect the sun’s rays. But metal roofs are most effective in reducing energy costs when they have a protective coating over the paint. This provides more heat reflection. If you are interested in a metal roof, speak with your contractor about these coatings.
Solar Panel Compatibility
There’s a common misconception that metal roofs aren’t compatible with solar panels. If you wish to install solar panels, you can certainly do this with a metal roof. In some cases, you can even attach the panels without penetrating the roof system. This is another option for reducing your home’s energy bills.
Get an Energy-Efficient Metal Roof from Excel Metal Roofing
If you’re interested in getting an energy-efficient roofing system for your home, Excel Metal Roofing can help. We are Missouri’s largest metal roof installer, with more residential metal roof installations than any other business in the state since 2000.
We’d be happy to discuss your options for a new metal roof when we visit your home to provide you with a free quote. If you have any questions about our products or services, please feel free to contact us.