Whether for commercial or residential applications, a steel roof is a versatile product designed to meet a variety of building styles. It is being used in many countries in a wide range of climates. It can withstand wind forces to 120 mph, and since it is steel, it is free from potential termite damage. Steel can also resist damage due to freezing and thawing because of the nonporous exterior.
"Elegant" and "long-lasting" are equally important characteristics when choosing a roof to protect your most prized investment - your home. In fact, a steel roof may be the last roof you ever need. The strength and durability of a steel roof is combined with the versatile good looks of a vertical rib, standing seam or tile profile to give you the widest possible selection. A steel roof has the durability of a commercial-grade roofing material, and offers the richness and beauty to enhance your home's appearance.
Wildfire season in North America starts earlier, lasts longer and affects more areas than ever before, making it a priority for homeowners to consider better ways to protect their homes against the increasing threat.
Other tips to protect homes during the wildfire season from sources such as the National Roofing Contractors Association include:
Trim tree branches away from the roof. Keep gutters clean as dried leaves and vegetation can create the ideal ignition conditions for a wayward spark.
Have a professional roofer inspect your roof, clear off flammable debris and repair any missing or damaged components to prevent embers from nestling into vulnerable or exposed areas.
Choose durable, nonflammable materials, such as steel roofs, and ensure your roof has a Class A rating for fire-resistant performance, especially near any wildfire-prone area.
Use only vent covers that will not readily burn or melt.
Homes take the worst beating from hail, especially roofs. To protect homes from damage and the increasing threat of hailstorms, experts say that choosing more resilient materials is essential. In studies conducted by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), while all roof types can sustain some cosmetic damage depending on hailstorm severity, steel roofing performed best and was much less likely to puncture as compared to asphalt, withstanding even golf ball-sized hail stones without compromising performance.
Damage to asphalt roofs from hail also can be difficult to detect. A weakness, crack or penetration in a roof caused by hail may allow water to intrude and damage a home’s interior before a homeowner even realizes there may be a problem, making a costly problem that much more expensive to fix or repair.
As you can see from the graph, an asphalt roof (Roof A) is technically quieter than the 2 steel profiles (Roofs B, C, D, E) we tested but only marginally and we must note that most humans cannot distinguish between sounds that are 5-8 dB apart. Installing a steel roof over a solid deck with a good underlayment, and with an insulated attic airspace below, makes it easy to control the noise.
For more information on the study, see our Fact Sheet #50.