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In places like North Carolina that have long, hot and humid summers, heat absorption through the roofing materials may be causing an increase of up to 30 percent in summertime cooling costs. This excess heat also makes the home less comfortable and can cause premature failure of the roof. Instead of dealing with the increased air conditioning expenses and interior discomfort, homeowners can work with an experienced Charlotte roofing service and learn about the benefits and disadvantages of reflective metal roofing systems.

Reflective metal roofs are made from galvanized steel, corrugated tin or copper. The metal is coated with a reflective finish so that the small amount of heat that is absorbed through the metal's surface is reflected back into the environment. Each manufacturer has their own techniques, which may include the application of granular coatings, ultraviolet resistant paints and heat emitting paints.

One of the most popular reasons why property owners install a reflective metal roof is for durability purposes. Metal can resist shearing from the wind, as it is anchored to the wood decking with strong screws. It is also insect resistant and fireproof, which can help keep homeowner's insurance policies low. A properly maintained reflective metal roof should last for at least 50 years. When it finally does wear out, the metal can be recycled.

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Unlike asphalt roofing materials, recycled metal products won't end up in a landfill. The long lifespan and recyclable nature of metal make it an environmentally friendly roofing choice.

Another reason why homeowners enjoy metal roofing is because it can lower a home's energy consumption. Houses outfitted with a reflective metal roof can redirect 95 percent of the sun's heat energy back into the environment. Depending on the construction style of the house, this can result in a 20 to 40 percent savings on air conditioning costs.

Today's metal roofs are also visually appealing. They can be made in patterns and styles that mimic the look of other high end materials such as slate. The symmetry, light color and reflective nature of the metal can make a small house look bigger, while larger homes can enjoy the seamless look of a roof that coordinates well with the exterior walls.

While there are many good reasons to install metal roofing, there are some drawbacks to its use. The initial cost of metal roofing is higher than that of an asphalt or wood shingle roof. Improperly cared for metal may experience corrosion, causing the roof to require replacement sooner than expected.

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