Metal’s Long Life Low Maintenance Roofing Benefits
Low Maintenance / Long Life Roofing
In general, the less materials used in the construction and upkeep of your home, the less negative impact there is on the environment. In this regard, low maintenance metal roofs perform remarkably well. The long lifespan of a typical metal roof is 3 to 4 times as long as that of an asphalt shingle roof. In other words, over the course of your long life roof, you would have to replace a shingle roof 3 to 4 times. This results in a tremendous amount of material consumption, landfill waste, and additional waste in terms of labor, fuel consumption, and productivity.
However, this still doesn’t include the maintenance savings you get with the long life of a low maintenance metal roof. Generally speaking, wind and weather events damage individual shingles once every 2 to 3 years. This recurring problem does not occur with metal roofs due to their inherent wind uplift resistance. Over the life of a typical asphalt roof, you can expect to make minor repairs 5 to 7 times. In addition to the cost, each of these repair events consumes materials and fuel, not including the frustration and inconvenience suffered by the homeowner. By comparison, an average metal, low maintenance roof will require no repairs during the same period.
Taken together, you can expect 15 to 30 more repair and replacement events with an asphalt roof over the average life of a typical metal, low maintenance roof. Over time, these events add up in terms of cost, waste, and inconvenience. This is why metal roofs are the fastest growing segment of the residential roofing market.