A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles. Nearly any type of building can benefit from a cool roof, but consider the climate and other factors before deciding to install one. Just as wearing light-colored clothing can help keep you cool on a sunny day, cool roof material is designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles. Standard or dark roofs can reach temperatures of 150°F or more in the summer sun. A cool roof under the same conditions could stay more than 50°F cooler and save energy and money by using less air conditioning. Benefits of Cool Roofs A cool roof can benefit a building and its occupants by: Reducing energy bills by decreasing air conditioning needsImproving indoor comfort for spaces that are not air-conditioned, such as garages or covered patiosDecreasing roof temperature, which may extend roof service life. Beyond the building itself, cool roofs can also benefit the environment, especially when many buildings in a community have them. Cool roofs can: Reduce local air temperatures (sometimes referred to as the urban heat island effect)Lower peak electricity demand, which can help prevent power outagesReduce power plant emissions, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, and mercury, by reducing cooling energy use in buildings. Types of Roofs and How They Can Be Made Cool There are many types of roof systems available, but the surface exposed to the sun is the one that determines if a roof is cool or not. You can usually make a new or existing roof cool by selecting the appropriate surface. Cool roof coatings are white or special reflective pigments that reflect sunlight. Coatings are like very thick paints that can protect the roof surface from ultra-violet (UV) light and chemical damage, and some offer water protection and restorative features. Products are available for most roof types. Low Sloped Roofs Single-ply membranes are pre-fabricated sheets rolled onto the roof and attached with mechanical fasteners, adhered with chemical adhesives, or held in place with ballast (gravel, stones, or pavers). How they can be made cool: Reformulate or coat black […]
By Heather Hedrick on November 15, 2017 10:09 AM If you’re considering replacing your roof, you’ve probably heard of stone-coated steel roofing. Although steel is one of the most highly recommended roofing materials, it isn’t the most common choice on the market. Read about the pros and cons of stone-coated steel roofing to determine whether it’s the right choice for you. WHAT IS STONE-COATED STEEL ROOFING? Contrary to the bare metal that people tend to envision, steel roofing can have the appearance of traditional shingles while delivering the durability and strength of metal. It can be made of 24- or 26-gauge rolled steel sheets with a rust-preventing coating. Stone-coated steel roofing is finished with a thick layer of stone that permanently adheres to the surface and provides the decorative look. PROS OF STONE-COATED STEEL ROOFING LONGEVITY Metal roofs are known to last a long time if installed properly. Their life span ranges from 40–70 years, compared to asphalt shingles that need to be replaced approximately every 20 years. Because steel can endure much more than most traditional roofing materials, it’s a great investment in the long-term future of your home. DURABILITY Steel can withstand gusting winds, heavy rain or hail, and many other adverse weather conditions. Although many assume it is a heavy material, metal roofing is actually lightweight at 50 to 150 pounds per square. LOW MAINTENANCE Most roofing materials, such as asphalt, should be regularly inspected to keep them in good working condition. However, steel roofs are virtually maintenance free! They create a thick shield around your home, keeping it safer from poor weather conditions and eliminating most of the repair costs associated with traditional roofing. BEAUTY AND VERSATILITY While functionality is essential, style and beauty are important, too. Stone-coated steel roofing comes in a wide variety of colors, textures, and designs to complement almost any style of home. This allows for you to feel good about both your roof’s safety and its appearance! Check out this product lineup from Metro Roof Products to get a look at some popular stone-coated roofing finishes. ENERGY EFFICIENCY A common misconception with installing a metal roof is that it will get too hot in the summer and conduct heat into the home. Metal roofing actually reflects heat from the sun, rather than absorbing it like a dark asphalt material would. This cuts down on the energy cost to keep your home cool, and it also protects your home from ultraviolet rays. This article from Metal […]
MCKINNEY, Texas – SRS Distribution announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Metro Roofing Supplies, Inc. The transaction is SRS’s 50th acquisition since 2008 and is an integral part of the Company’s strategic growth plan and continued expansion in the Northeast region. Founded over four decades ago, Metro is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. with five locations across Connecticut and Massachusetts. Metro’s product mix includes all residential and commercial roofing products, metal products, gutters, siding, windows, and other related building products. Metro’s entire sales and operations team of over 55 employees will be staying on with SRS to run the branches going forward under the leadership of Rich Broccoli. SRS intends to transition Metro’s three locations in Massachusetts to the Heritage Wholesalers brand and will also transition SRS’s existing location in North Haven to the Metro Roofing Supplies brand. Dan Tinker, president of SRS Distribution, commented, “Metro is a perfect fit for the SRS family. It checks the box on everything we look for in a company to join the fold. Metro has passionate and loyal people, great facilities and fleet, top class leadership, quality suppliers and customers, and significant opportunities ahead. We could not be more excited to execute Metro’s growth strategy in partnership with Rich and his outstanding team.” Rich Broccoli, vice president of Metro Roofing Supplies, said this is exciting news for employees and customers. “The Metro team is highly enthusiastic to take our business to the next level. Metro’s customers, suppliers, and employees can all look forward to new opportunities and enhanced growth. Importantly, as we pursue these exciting opportunities, it will be business as usual for Metro. Teaming up with SRS will provide for a seamless continuation of the same great service with the same faces and the same determination to be the top service provider in the region.” For more information, visit www.srsdistribution.com.
Metro offers four unique roof profiles made from stone-coated steel that range from the graceful curves of MetroTILE® to the deep wood grain of MetroSHAKE®, the sleek low-profile finish of MetroSHINGLE® or the timeless beauty of MetroROMAN® all of which create a strong, weather-tight, environmentally-friendly metal roof that will beautify and protect virtually any property for years to come.
Whether your needs are focused on finding just the right roof for your home or a perfect color for an upcoming architectural or multi-family project, a Metro steel roof is the smart choice, and we’ve made the process simpler by providing an in-depth video online for you to view. Take a look at our “Why Metal? Why Metro?” DVD video, along with a brief explanation on the benefits of “Batten” vs. “Batten-Less” installations. Feel free to contact us for more information on Metro’s Smart Roofs for Smart People™.
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