When most people hear the words “roof installation,” they most often think about shingles. It’s no surprise, considering that most residential roofing jobs are performed with traditional asphalt shingles. In fact, that’s what most of the jobs we perform here at Bluebird Roofing are.
But an asphalt shingle roof isn’t the only option you have. Bluebird also specializes in standing seam metal roofs. If you like the aesthetic of a metal roof, you’re in luck; they have a ton of advantages!
One advantage of a dark-colored asphalt shingle roof is that they absorb heat and help to melt the snow. But considering that the Knoxville area receives at one-fifth the snow of the United States average, that might now be your biggest concern! If you’re more interested in helping your cooling bill than your heating bill, a metal roof might be for you. Metal roofs reflect heat better than asphalt shingles, meaning you’ll be paying a lot less for air conditioning.
Metal roofs are incredibly durable. Because they’re not made up of millions of tiny asphalt flakes like traditional shingles are, they’re not going to wear away over the years or be washed away during a heavy rain. They are also very impact resistant and hold up to hail as well as shingles. A typical metal roof can last for upwards of 50 years!
Metal roofs are specially treated so that they won’t rust, and even a damaged metal roof won’t lead to rust spots. In saltwater-heavy areas, such as houses that are directly in the path of ocean spray, aluminum is considered and even safer option.
When you have our roofers install your metal roof, you’re probably not thinking about recycling it; it just went on! But when it comes time to replace your metal roof many, many years from now, it’s completely recyclable. Asphalt shingles go straight to the dump, and that will typically happen twice before your metal roof is recycled.
A bundle of asphalt shingles weighs about 80 pounds, and that’s covering about 100 square feet. Your roof can handle that with no problem. It’s when you are considering clay or concrete tiles that weight becomes an issue, requiring a roof to be reinforced before the tiles can be installed.
Metal roofs are the lightest options when it comes to roofing. Steel is lighter than shingles, and an aluminum roof is even lighter than steel! Weight is such a non-issue when it comes to metal roofs that they might even be installed directly over you existing shingles. Why tear up the roof if you don’t have to?
When we say metal roof, it’s not a silver shine that will blind everyone who stops by. There’s a great variety of colors in metal roofs, so you’ll be able to find the perfect color that matches your house.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with traditional asphalt shingle roofing. Sometimes people simply like the look more, other times they’re the only option due to HOA restrictions. But if you’d like to investigate the advantages of a standing seam metal roof, contact Bluebird Roofing with your questions today!