Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Hello, shiny new roof!
That's our roof finished, though not the best shot since it's a cloudy day. Here's a better one from when they were putting the roof on:
It's very shiny. =)
Yes folks, that is a metal roof. Steel to be precise. Why a metal roof you ask? Well, there are several reasons.
1. A metal roof can save you money on your a/c costs because it has a higher heat reflectivity than other roofing products. During the summer it makes buildings cooler by reflecting away sunlight and reducing the amount of heat transmitted into the building. Likewise, it makes buildings warmer in the winter by reflecting inside heat from the underside of the roof back into the building. (courtesy of these guys)
2. Metal roofs have a very long life. Our roofers said we'd never have to replace the roof. Well - that may be going a bit far, but I suppose it's possible the house will cave in before the roof has to be replaced. Metal roofs will often be backed for 50 years (hard to get a guarantee like that on asphalt!) They are resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot, and shed snow easily (a plus around here).
3. Steel (what the roof is made out of) is recyclable. Asphalt shingles are not. So, if we ever do have to replace the roof, all the material could be recycled - instead of going into the landfill, like our old asphalt roof did. =(
Some other info, in case folks are wondering: our roof won't blow off in the wind, isn't super loud (or even that much louder) when it rains; won't rust; and should hold up fine to hail.
We're pretty happy about it. Now we just have to think of what color to paint the house. Any suggestions??
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