The popularity of metal roofing systems has risen in recent years as homeowners consider the longevity and environmental friendliness of protective steel materials to cover their property from the elements.

Metal roofing is stronger and more durable than asphalt shingle roofing, with many manufacturers offer a 30-year limited paint warranty on roof panels, which can last twice as long as most conventional roofs. Because metal roofing is so durable, it has also been a top choice for many school, government, and industrial buildings.

Metal roofing holds up to all types of weather conditions. Unlike shingles, metal roofing will not deteriorate due to sun exposure. And while high winds or a hailstorm may destroy a composition roof, a metal roof is extremely hail resistant, and can handle wind speeds up to 140 MPH. If your metal roof meets Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 2218 specifications, you may also qualify for up to a 35 percent discount on your homeowners insurance.

Metal roofs are alos energy efficient, with lighter-colored metal roofs reflect away much of the sun’s UV rays, helping to lower the cost of cooling your home. According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped annually into U.S. landfills. The recycled content of steel in metal roofing is much higher than the recycled content in asphalt shingles. Also, due to the low weight of metal roofing – about half the weight of shingles – it can in many cases be installed directly over your existing roof, saving the environmental as well as financial costs associated with removal and disposal.

VanWeelden Company is here to help you sort through the many choices and options. If the look and durability of metal roofing, and think the installation of a metal roof in Des Moines or Central Iowa may be of interest to you, please call us today at (515) 979-4772 to arrange a free and professional consultation.