Is Metal Roofing Installation Ideal for an Old House?
- On February 9, 2022
When considering re-roofing an older house, one of the biggest concerns is whether the structure is strong enough to accommodate the weight of a new roof. The weight of standard roofing materials such as asphalt shingles exacerbates the concerns of the structure caving in under the weight of a new roof. Fortunately, metal roofing is far lighter than traditional shingles and other roofing styles and thus presents much less of a load for an ageing home to bear. Along with this, there are many more reasons to consider metal roofing installation for your older house.
8 Metal Roof Advantages for Older Homes
Naturally, foundations can deteriorate and crumble with time. Structural lumber can also lose its strength and resiliency. In most old homes, the roof is weighed down by multiple layers of heavy roofing materials accumulated over time. As such, a metal roof installation is a great way to “take the weight off.” Whereas traditional roof shingles weigh between 2.75 and 4.25 pounds per square foot, a metal roof weighs between 0.5 and 1 pound per square foot depending on the specific type. This relieves some of the weight on the structural lumber and the foundation. A metal roof also reduces the risk of a cave-in in the event of an interior fire.
Although a metal roof weighs significantly less than a traditional roof, these roofs offer incredible strength and resilience and hold better than any other standard roofing product available today. Metal roofs can resist damage from hail, withstand strong winds, are fire and rust-resistant, and offer many other beneficial qualities. With proper steel roof installation, your roof will look and function perfectly for decades while saving you money on costly repairs over this time.
Protection from Heat
A common challenge with older homes is that they are often hotter than newer homes during the summer, with the roof being one of the key culprits. Whereas most roofs act as a heating blanket over your house, modern metal roofing reflects the sun’s heat rather than absorbing it. This translates into significant cost savings on your heating and cooling bill and potential repairs to the AC and heating systems due to wear and tear.
Protection from Environmental Factors
Even the best-built homes can suffer extensive damage with the slightest intrusion of water, wind, and more. With older homes, this can set off a chain of events that leaves the home uninhabitable. Metal provides exceptional protection and dependability against all environmental factors. Complete with detailed flashings and other metal roofing accessories, you can be sure of a water-tight roofing system that protects your home from the elements.
Add a touch of classic elegance and youthful appearance to your ageing home with a metal roof. Metal roofs offer a traditional appeal using modern materials. A pristine new metal roof is a great way to give your home new life.
Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Option
More Canadians are coming to the realization that everyone is responsible for the environment, and we all must to do the best we can to protect it. As such, it is important to find eco-friendly options where possible. Metal roofing can be completely recycled at the end of its useful life, in contrast to the millions of tons of asphalt shingle roofing that end up in landfills across the country every year. Additionally, metal roofing will last for decades, while asphalt shingles need to be replaced much more often.
Older homes struggle with being energy efficient. The walls and ceilings can be difficult to insulate, while the windows and doors tend to be drafty. A metal roof can reflect the sun’s heat away from the home and thus keep the home cooler during the blazing summer months and warmer during the colder months. In effect, this will reduce the costs associated with heating and cooling long into the future. A professional metal roofing installation is a great way to improve the energy efficiency of an older home.
As a home gets older, most people tend to look for ways to make it more comfortable. In most cases, this involves replacing doors and windows. If the home is not well vented, this can create a new problem where moisture collects in the attic, making insulation less effective or causing condensation. Fortunately, metal roofs can be easily vented to let the moisture out before it condenses and triggers a series of problems.
Get a High-Quality Metal Roof for Your Home
Older homes have a unique charm that can be hard to replicate. Fortunately, you can now give your house a new lease on life with a metal roofing installation from Ironclad Roofing. With over 25 years of combined owner and installer experience and many completed projects, we have carved out a reputation for being a reliable metal roofing manufacturer/supplier. All our metal roofing products and accessories are of the highest quality and come with a guarantee, so you can rest assured that you will never have to worry about roofing again. Additionally, our highly experienced and friendly installers are always on hand to execute your project with the highest level of care and professionalism within the least amount of time possible.
If you have an older home and would like to know more about the proven benefits of modern metal roofing, particularly on older homes, call the experts at Ironclad Roofing. We are revolutionizing residential roofing across the GTA. Get in touch with us today to request a free estimate or talk with our experts.