Whether you need to install a roof on a new build or you are looking to replace an existing roof, one of the first decisions you will need to make is the type of material you will use. There are many to choose from depending on your needs and budget, from clay tiles to asphalt shingles. However, metal is an increasingly popular choice in Sydney and offers a number of benefits compared to some of the more traditional materials used.
1. Highly durable
A roof is the last thing you want to have to replace on a frequent basis. Metal roofs are exceptionally durable, which makes them more set-and-forget than many other materials. A properly installed and maintained metal roof can last as long as 50 years, which is around double some alternative materials and easily offsets the initial investment.
2. Weather resistant
The durability of metal doesn’t only mean it can stand the test of time. It’s also sturdy enough to cope with the Sydney climate, where a mix of scorching heat, heavy rain, strong winds and relentless hail can damage more fragile roofs. It can also complement a fire-resistant build by protecting the home from flying sparks and embers.
3. Lower environmental impact
Metal is one of the more eco-friendly roofing materials available for several reasons. Firstly, it can be sought in recycled form with the majority of material sourced from sustainable suppliers. It can also often be recycled when it is eventually replaced, preventing sheets clogging up landfill. The second reason is its energy efficiency when installed with effective insulation: by trapping the heat in winter and deflecting it in summer, metal roofs can reduce energy consumption on heating and cooling.
4. Easy to maintain
It’s true that any roof needs ongoing care to preserve its quality and ensure it lasts for years to come, but metal makes this look easy in comparison to traditional materials. When installed by an expert, the smooth surface of a metal roof ensures rain, debris and even snow runs off cleanly without pooling or snagging.
5. Speedy installation
The longer a roof takes to install, the longer the home can’t be used and is more vulnerable to extreme weather. Despite its strength and durability, metal is surprisingly lightweight and comes in large sheets that can be installed quickly and efficiently. The low weight also eases pressure on the supporting structure, reducing the need for modifications to older buildings and increasing flexibility for new builds.
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