Houston Roofing: Article About Standing Seam Roofing Pros and Cons

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Homeowners and business owners should consider the advantages and disadvantages of every roofing type before they have a new roof installed, whether the construction is on new or existing structures. A standing seam metal roof is one type to consider, and Houston roofing experts have the know-how to install one properly.

One of the biggest advantages of standing seam metal roofs is that they reflect the sun's rays. This reduces the transfer of heat into the building, potentially lowering cooling costs by as much as 30 percent. Another big advantage is that this type of roof lasts a lifetime; some last for longer than 100 years. This is mainly because the metal is very durable, but homeowners and business owners don't have to give up attractiveness for durability.

Standing seam panels can be made using copper, steel, zinc and aluminum, and they come in different sizes, shapes and colors. Homeowners and business owners can even have them painted to suit their tastes or increase the energy efficiency of the panels with reflective paint. The lightweight design makes them easy for roofers to install and may even allow them to place the panels over old roofing.

The roofing contractors from Houston Restoration Services of Houston TX would be happy to answer any questions you have about commercial roofing or residential roofing.

They also require minimal maintenance with some not needing any real attention for 20 years or more.

Metal roofing sheds ice and snow easily so that homeowners and business owners don't have to worry about winter weather. It also holds up well to heavy rain. Metal roofs are fire resistant and can withstand winds of up to 140 mile per hour too. The panels merge well with thin solar panels to allow for even more energy efficiency.

While metal roofs can be more energy efficient, durable and long lasting than other roofing materials, they require a higher upfront cost, which is affected by the size of the panels. Installation quotes often include the required fasteners, stack covers, counterflashing, vents and other materials as well as delivery. However, the total cost is usually mitigated over the years through energy bill savings, which is not always possible with other roofing materials.

The pitch of a roof is an important factor in the installation process with steep pitches creating more challenging conditions. This is because walking on metal is more dangerous than other materials, so the roofers have to take extreme safety precautions while working. It is also more difficult to install standing seam roofs on homes and buildings that have a lot of chimneys, vents, skylights or other equipment. These challenges increase the cost of installation.

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