There’s a misconception that metal’s conductivity makes it a bad roofing choice. Properly installed and ventilated metal roofs can save you up to 25% on cooling costs in the summer depending on your home’s construction.
Here are properties of metal roofs that make them an excellent material option in any climate.
A Metal Roof Doesn’t Radiate Heat
Asphalt shingles, wood, tile and concrete absorb heat. These materials still radiate stored heat long after the sun has gone down. This heat is felt in the attic and the rest of your home. Your cooling system needs to work harder to keep the living spaces cool.
Metal roofs, however, have a low thermal mass, which allows them to reflect heat and not absorb it. They cool down as the exterior temperature goes down. With specialized reflective coatings that can reflect more heat, you’ll notice your attic will stay cool even on the hottest of days.
It Will Help Keep Heat Out of the Attic
A properly ventilated metal roof will keep hot air circulating out of the attic. It’s also beneficial in the winter to help vent attic moisture out of your home so it doesn’t settle in the attic space. This roofing option is great for areas that experience extremely hot weather. Choose products with integral airspace between the back of the metal panel and deck, and underlayment. This will block any potential heat transference from the metal to the underlying materials.
It Lasts Longer Than Traditional Roofing Materials
A well-maintained metal roof can last for more than 50 years. Many metal roofs are backed with comprehensive warranties as well. Modern metal roofs are made to resemble traditional materials like shake and tile. They are available in almost endless color options. However, keep in mind that lighter colors absorb less heat than darker ones.
Aside from all the mentioned qualities, metal roofs are also made from 98% recycled materials, making them a green option. At Goodrich Roofing, we do our best to reduce environmental impact in all our services. Around 75% of the roofing materials we remove from a roof is recycled. We are also the only GAF Certified Green Roofer™ in the area. You can count on our experienced roofers for all your residential roofing needs. Call us at (505) 884-0662, or fill out our online form for a free estimate. We work with homeowners in New Mexico.