Every year, millions of roofs are replaced all over the world and a range of materials are used for this. WBC homes, which focuses on roofing, windows, and patio covers, works on the West Coast of California, which includes Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Malibu, and Burbank. Because of this geographical area, there are limitations to the types of roofing materials that can be used. For instance, wood is not allowed as a result of wildfires. Hence, WBC Homes’s services focus instead on asphalt and metal roofs. Which of the two is better depends entirely on the home, although metal roofs seem to be gaining in popularity.
WBC Homes on Why Metal Roofs Are More Popular
There are actually six key ways in which a metal roof is the superior option:
- Metal roofs are far more durable and hence don’t have to be replaced often. In fact, most people never have to replace their roof, because it usually lasts between 30 and 50 years, far longer than most people who purchase homes will live.
- The weight of a metal roof is much lower than others. Per 100 square feet, normal coverings weigh around 750 pounds. A metal roof, by contrast, weighs between 50 and 150 pounds, much less, therefore. What this means is that it is far easier to install a new roof, and much less time consuming as well. Put together, this results in a lower price.
- Metal roofs are rated Class A, which is particularly important in California. What this means is that they are the most fire resistant of all, lasting at least 30 minutes. Considering the wild fires experienced in 2017, this alone should be a reason to opt for metal roofs.
- Metal roofs have the “cool roof” effect because they don’t conduct a lot of heat. Instead, solar heat is reflected, which in turn means that your overall energy costs are significantly reduced because you won’t have to use the air conditioning as often. What this also means is that a metal roof is a greener roof.
- Metal roofs rarely leak as a flat home covering. The vast majority of other materials often leak if the pitch is less than 15%. What this means is that less building materials have to be used with a metal roof, because it can cope even if the slop is just 5%.
- Installation of a metal roof is incredibly quick. Indeed, it takes around half the time to complete than an asphalt covering does.
Should you looked through WBC Homes’ portfolio and their videos and have decided that they are the ones to construct your new roof, then do consider metal coverings. Their life expectancy, light weight, Class A rating, energy saving properties, minimal slope requirements, and the fact that they are so quick to install should show you just how beneficial this material is. While other solutions do also exist, this is clearly the superior one.