By Evelyn Witterholt.
These days, many contractors and customers are seeking out metal roofing and wall panels for their next project. But those who aren’t in the know may be asking themselves, ”What’s the reason for choosing metal panels over other materials?” The answer is: quite a lot of reasons actually!
Here’s what makes metal panels so remarkable:
Metal panels are highly regarded for their long lifespans when compared to other materials. Metal panels are typically made from steel, a product with inherent longevity. This is appealing to home and building owners because the longer their roof lasts, the longer they can wait to replace it.
American Building Components (ABC)’s standing seam metal panels are manufactured in a way to ensure they last a long time. According to ABC, a study from the Metal Construction Association (MCA) showed that the average life expectancy for a low-slope, unpainted Galvalume® steel standing seam metal roof is 60 years. Talk about getting more bang for your buck!
One factor that influences metal’s longevity is its highly durable properties. Metal panels are often tested for fire and weather safety to ensure they are built to withstand the harshest conditions. And they are often finished with a coating to further protect the panels from the elements.
For example, ABCs’ metal panels go through rigorous testing for their durability. They get tested for fire and water resistance as well as water and air leakage. Their panels are even equipped to handle winds up to 140 mph, a perfect choice for owners looking for a weathertight roof.
Another major appeal of metal panels is their incredible sustainablility. Metal’s long lifespan ensures less waste when it comes time for a replacement and panels are often made from 25-35% recyclable materials. According to ABC, by the end of the roof’s lifespan, virtually 100% of the panels are recyclable!
Metal roofs are also a great choice for owners looking to include and be be as sustainable as possible. And if a cool roof finish is used on the roofing panels, the sun’s infrared radiation will be reflected, keeping buildings cool, energy bills down and occupants happy.
Evelyn works as a writer for RoofersCoffeeShop, MetalCoffeeShop and AskARoofer. When she isn’t writing about roofing, she’s either at the gym lifting weights or curled up on the couch watching a movie.
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