Metal Shingles, What Are They?

by | Feb 23, 2016 | Roofing

Using state of the art technology and equipment, large sheets of steel or aluminum can be made into a product that closely resembles asphalt shingles or other types of roofing material. These products can be produced either as individual shingles or as a large, seamless panel. The panels, which are four feet long, are ideal if the roofers in Lisle are of the opinion that the new roof can be installed over the existing roofing material. Once the new roof has been completed it is almost impossible to differentiate from traditional materials but metal shingles are very different.

Based on the way the metal shingles are factory formed they can duplicate the look of wood shakes, slate, and even Spanish tiles. Many of the more expensive products are even textured which makes then look even more like the originals as they take on a three dimensional look.

The outer most or top coating of metal shingles is unique, the material helps to protect from UV as well as reflecting the harsh and often harmful rays from the sun. This specialized treatment helps to keep the surface of the roof cool; when the roof is cool so is the interior spaces of the home. Natural cooling is one of the biggest selling points for metal roofing; home heating and cooling costs can be reduced considerably.
Another significant benefit to metal roofing is the life expectancy. Roofers in Lisle know that asphalt shingles last up to 20 years and the shingles are guaranteed for this length of time; the manufacturers of metal roofing products offer a much longer guarantee, up to 50 years, and even this is considered quite conservative.

Metal roofing is very much safer than asphalt shingles and wood shakes as the material is impervious to fire. The fact that the roof is fireproof often results in a lower homeowner’s insurance policy premium. Metal roofing also withstands high winds far better than other types of roofing material. The material weights significantly less than tile or slate so there is less stress on the roof structure. If metal roofing is chosen for use on a new home under construction the trusses can be lighter which means less cost.

The only drawback to metal roofs is the initial cost. The material costs about 25 percent more than a traditional asphalt shingle roof costs, as the roofers in Lisle that install metal roofs have to be equipped with unique skills, the cost of installation can also be a little higher. Even with a somewhat higher initial cost the long term savings are worth it.

If you need roof repairs or a new roof you will be looking for the best roofers in Lisle. You are invited to contact Showalter Roofing Service, Inc., building quality roofs since 1979.

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