Are Metal Roofs Energy-Efficient?

With rising costs for just about everything, many people are looking to cut costs wherever they can. One of the bills that might surprise you in recent increases is your energy bill. For many, due to autopay or a general lack of awareness, energy bills can creep up without you knowing. There are several ways you can reduce your energy bills, one such way being changing the material of your roof. In this blog, we’ll explore whether metal roofs are a good idea for the energy-conscious homeowner.

About Metal Roofs

Metal roofs may or may not have been something you’ve considered in the past for your home. This is fair, as they are definitely less common in residential structures than shingles or other roofing styles. This is probably due in part to the cost of metal roofs; they cost two to three times what a shingle roof costs, which can already be quite pricey. That being said, these types of roofs require much less maintenance than traditional roofs and is more resistant to natural disasters, such as fires. It is said that a metal roof can last between 40 to 70 years, whereas a traditional shingled roof only lasts 15 to 20 years.

Energy Efficiency of Metal Roofs

So, what about energy efficiency? Why would installing a metal roof benefit you and your home? A metal roof can ultimately end up saving you money, despite a bigger upfront cost, because they save a significant amount of energy. This is largely because these types of roofs reflect sun and heat right off of the surface, rather than absorbing heat, which is what traditional shingle roofs do. To put some numbers behind this, research has found a 45% decrease in the flow of heat with a metal roof and a 25% reduction in overall cooling costs. In the hot Southwest climate, this could be even more.

Besides the reflection of heat, why else are these roofs so efficient compared to their traditional counterparts? Another big reason is that metal roofs have a bit of ventilatiton below the sheathing. This ventilation allows for airflow to cool the roof down, which ultimately keeps your home cooler without AC assistance. 

When the metal roof is uninstalled, the energy savings continue. Instead of having to manufacture a totally new roof, these roofs can often be recycled into “new” roofs to go on the same or a different home. 

Pinnacle Roofing Can Help

Our specialists at Pinnacle Roofing are here to help you discover what type of roof is right for you. We pride ourselves on being a trustworthy partner to our community when it comes to roofing. We have served the Valley for over 25 years and we are fully licensed and insured. Though it’s easy to take for granted when looking for someone to support your roofing needs, these credentials and our track record will mean the extra mile for you and your home. We do our best to provide premium products and installation to all people we work with.

Call Us Today

If you’d like to explore more about metal roofs and whether it might be right for your Phoenix-based home, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call today at (623) 526-3271. Our team looks forward to serving you with a free estimate and hopefully earning your business.

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