Aluminum roofing is not only one of the least expensive types of roofing material available today, but it also provides many benefits. Aluminum has been found to reflect heat. So what does this mean if you have an aluminum roof? It means less expensive energy bills.
Before aluminum hit the roofing industry, builders were mixing gravel and asphalt sprayed with a pigment that was meant to reflect the heat. This was not only time consuming but costly. In 1984 a new type of reflective aluminum was brought in, sprayed during the manufacturing of aluminum roofing, this inexpensive and lightweight material known as aluminum flake or chips, was found to be very effective in reducing a building air conditioning power use.
Aluminum chips are now being used in the U.S, U.K, Singapore and Bahrain. On roofs, these chips currently cover over 33 million square feet. By reflecting 70% of the sun’s rays, a savings in BTUs is currently valued at $5.9 million. With the use of aluminum roofing and its heat saving chips savings could reach 50 billion kWh. With the added feature of these aluminum chips, aluminum roofs are now expected to double their life expectancy.
Metal roofing is known as the most energy efficient material that can withstand wind, hail, fire, rain, and rot better than any other type of roofing material. The cost of adding an aluminum roof may seem high, but the maintenance and durability of this roof is well worth it. Metal roofing was once only used on commercial building, but with the availability of styles now offered, homes are finding it smarter to use as an energy saver. The aluminum roof is expected to become more and more popular among homeowners and is expected to grow as homeowners learn the benefits of having a metal roof.
Steel or aluminum roofs are now manufactured to look like tiles. Offered in several colors, steel has many benefits. Home insurance may go down with the selection of aluminum or steel roof since it is virtually fire proof. This type of roofing has a preventive rust coating and will keep your home pleasantly cool during the summer months. Metal roofs are found to be much lighter in weight, so usually not extra roofing support is needed. Many steel and aluminum roofs come with a 50 year warranty.