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Updating Your Home's Roof? Choose Budget-Friendly, Energy-Efficient Metal Roof Tiles and Shingles

Are you shopping for a roof on your new home, or does your current home need a new roof due to wear and tear? There are many roofing materials to choose from. However, if you want one that is energy-efficient, affordable, durable, and requires little maintenance, consider a metal shingle roof.

Options include various metals, including copper, aluminum, galvanized steel, zinc, or tin. After choosing the material, it's essential to decide what kind of metal roofing would look better in your home. You can select long vertical seams, preformed panels for manoeuvrability, or metal roofing that looks like shingles. Do you like the look of slate, wooden shakes, or vertical panels? Do you want the durability of asphalt without the lack of curb appeal? Metal shingles can help update your home and protect it for generations to come.

 

Emissivity, Reflectivity, and Thermal Resistance

Metal roofing has greater emissivity, which is the ability to reflect solar heat away from your home. It also has greater reflectivity than other roofing materials, allowing it to reflect even more heat. Another quality, thermal resistance, refers to your roof's ability to resist heat flow.

According to the US Department of Energy study, metal shingles and tiles can save homeowners on heating and cooling expenses. According to the study, you can reduce your demand for cooling up to 15% by switching to a metal roof. Painting your roof a lighter colour can save even more energy.

 

Proper Ventilation

When the air in your attic overheats, it can create an additional load on your air conditioning system. When you install metal shingles or tiles with a substrate, you create Above Sheath Ventilation (ASV) that increases the energy efficiency of your roof. It creates a space between the metal roof and substrate that prevents wasted energy and additional cooling costs. 

Other benefits include: 

 

What Colours and Finishing Provide Additional Energy Efficiency?

Choose lighter colours, such as:

Metal shingles use cool metal roofing pigments that reflect more sunlight and make your roof highly energy efficient. These colours can maximize the ability of your roof to reflect harmful rays from the sun. They also help the metal release more of the heat it does absorb.

 

Maximum Rain and Snow Shedding

For those living in colder climates, snow accumulation on the roof can cause great concern. The slippery nature of sheet metal makes it hard for precipitation to gather and pool on your roof. You can choose metal shingle textures that facilitate the flow of heavy rain or snowfall off and away from your roof. If you've chosen a dark colour for your roof, it will absorb sunshine, even in the winter, which could help the snow faster.

Check out some of our past projects!

 

Have questions about metal roof tiles and metal roof shingles? Interested to know more? Feel free to contact us online or call us toll-free at 1.866.674.3153.

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And if you are looking for a second opinion on your project or have a particularly complex issue that needs a fresh eye, we’re here for that too. Tackling tricky challenges is our specialty and we welcome the opportunity to provide consulting advice, with the same exacting attention to detail we bring to all our commissions.
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