If the roof on your home or business is either flat or low-sloping, you should be aware that there are special issues that come along with this type of roof design. Inadequate drainage, for example, is often a problem. Having the right membrane material installed is also crucial. To make sure that these issues are addressed, it’s important to select a roofing contractor that is accustomed to dealing with the special challenges presented by these roof designs. It’s equally important to choose the right material for your flat roof.
Choose Metal for a Flat or Low-Sloping Roof
By far, the most desirable material for a flat or low-sloping roof is metal. There are many aspects of this durable material that make it the best choice:
— Metal saves you money in the long run.
Although you might pay a bit more for a metal roof, this strong and resilient material can last as long as 50 years or even longer! That means you won’t have to replace your roof as often as you would with some other material. In fact, you may never have to replace your roof again!
— Metal is energy efficient.
This is particularly true in a hot climate. Metal has a high amount of reflectivity. In other words, it’s very efficient at reflecting the heat and damaging rays of the sun. This means that your roof – and your business or home that lies beneath it – will reflect heat instead of absorbing it. Along these lines, the lighter the color of your roof, the higher its reflectivity will be. This can greatly reduce your energy bills in a hot climate. Some people report savings of as much as 40%!
— Metal comes in a variety of styles.
You may immediately think of large metal sheets when you imagine a metal roof, and while it’s certainly true that the sheet-style roof is available, there are many other designs to choose from as well. You’ll even find metal that looks like another material altogether, such as wood shingles or clay tiles.
— Metal is environment friendly.
Most metal roofs are made of recycled material, which means your new metal roof can be considered “green.”
— Metal can reduce your insurance premiums.
Metal is one of the most fire resistant roofing materials available, which makes it much more effective at protecting your home or business from fire. Because of this, many insurance companies offer lower premiums for their customers with metal roofs.
— A metal roof may qualify you for a tax break from the federal government.
If your metal roof has the appropriate Energy Star rating from the federal government, you could save as much as 10% of the cost of your metal roof (up to $500) if you have it installed on your current primary residence. Ask your roofing contractor for more information on the energy tax credit and how you might qualify.
While there are some advantages to flat roofs, there are also some precautions you should take in order to make your roof last for years to come. Two of the most important decisions you can make include selecting the right roofing contractor and the best material possible – metal!
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