Surprising Benefits Of Steel Roofing Materials

Posted on: 7 April 2017

If you have noticed the asphalt shingles pulling off the structure of your roof, then it may be time to think about a replacement. Your cheapest option is to speak with a contractor, such as Columbia Roofing Inc, about adding a new asphalt roof. However, steel is becoming one of the more popular options. There are some surprising benefits of adding a steel roof to your home. Keep reading to learn about a few.

They Protect From Fire

Many people are typically concerned about the way that a metal roof can attract electricity from a lightning strike. However, metal does not attract lightning. It merely acts as a conductor to let electricity flow. In this way, electricity conducts the charge instead of somehow making lightening strike your roof. As the electricity moves, it works its way towards the earth. This typically means across the roof and down your downspout. Once the electricity makes it to the earth, it dissipates in the ground. 

If lightning strikes an asphalt roof, the roofing material creates resistance to the electricity. The resistance allows heat to build up and a fire can be then start. This is also the same thing that happens when lightning hits a tree or another object that does not conduct the charge. 

The ability of a steel roof to conduct electricity stops a fire from starting. This not only keeps the roof from succumbing to damage when lightning strikes, but it can keep a fire from spreading to your home if a house or business next door starts on fire. Fires most often spread through a neighborhood thanks to sparks that fly from one roof to another. 

They Are Environmentally Friendly

You may have heard about more recent programs and how asphalt shingles can be recycled. In some cases, you can even purchase asphalt shingles with recycled materials. Most of the shingles are used for making road materials or road repair products. While this may seem like a good thing, petroleum products are still required to create new shingles. This means that you are supporting the use of fossil fuels when you purchase asphalt shingles.

If you follow a green lifestyle, then it may be surprising to learn that steel roofs are often made out of recycled metals. In fact, some roofing manufacturers use products that are made from over 90% recycled metal content. 

Not only are the roofing materials made from recycled steel, but you can expect that your roof will be reused once it needs to be replaced. In general, the steel is mixed in with other construction wastes that are melted down and used to create new roofs and steel beams. While a small amount of steel is lost in the smelting process, the metal can be used over and over again. This makes steel one of the most green roofing materials you can buy. Just make sure to work with a roofer who commits to green sources of steel.