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The Evolution of Metal Roofing

October 21st, 2014

The comfort of your workplace and home can be attributed to something that most people take for granted. This particular invention has been around for hundreds of years, although it has certainly evolved over time. Inclement weather reminds you of its importance, and when it malfunctions, you notice. This amazing shield of protection is, of course, your roof. How much thought have you given to the part of your dwelling that keeps you warm and dry and covers your belongings? If you’ve never been without it, likely you haven’t given it much attention. If you’ve ever lost your roof, you will never look at roofing options the same again.

Let’s take a quick look at the history of metal roofing as it has slowly risen past other options as an industry and personal top choice. Shortly after introduction, metal roofing became synonymous with island life. It became popular for the ability to withstand earthquakes and strong winds of tropical hurricanes. It was also fire-resistant and could be outfitted with a drainage system that allowed individuals to collect pure rainwater. When it came on the scene in the southern islands in 1892, metal roofing was a better alternative to clay tiles. The introduction to steel in the early 1900s changed the affordability and availability of metal roofing.

Metal roofs are a popular choice today because they can take abuse from high winds, heavy snow, hailstorms, and even wildfires. Commonly, they have a 140mph wind rating, and their wind resistance and uplift resistance are above the latest building code requirements. In snowy areas, they shed snow quickly and can eliminate the risk of leaks caused by water collecting under the roof during ice events. Metal roofing is 50% lighter than traditional asphalt shingle roofing and is durable. It often lasts for decades, whereas shingles tend to breakdown in 7-15 years.

When the term “metal roof” is mentioned, images of old farm buildings often surface. Traditionally, metal roofing has not been a glamorous option. However, current consumer demand has pushed the industry to design more aesthetically pleasing patterns and colors. Many roofs across the country today may not be instantly recognized as metal. But they are becoming a popular choice for informed consumers. As this blog series continues, you will be introduced to the many advantages of metal roofing as well as life-saving tools available for the people installing and maintaining them. As you will see, the installation and maintenance of metal roofing can be challenging. Fortunately, the challenge has been eliminated by a revolutionary invention that safeguards individuals. Stay tuned for more information on how Construction Specialty Anchors and its SeamSafe® product became part of the metal roofing story.