Metal roofing in Toronto has been a growing trend for over a decade. As more residential and commercial customers have come to love and appreciate metal roofing panels, they are the on-demand material for roof applications.
Think back to decades ago when metal roofing was only really found on barns and farmhouses. Why it was a favourite for these buildings had everything to do with their durability and the quality of the material. To this day, there are farmhouses still standing in part because of their metal roofing. To this point, there are metal copper roofs on some churches and government buildings over 100 years old.
For those that don’t know, metal roofing refers to roofs that are made from galvanized aluminum, steel, or copper. They are commonly made from partly recycled materials and they provide a longer lasting performance than the traditional asphalt shingles that used to be so prominent. Also, the metal of today is not the metal of yesteryear. Now, you can choose the color you want, textured finishes you want, and more. The upfront investment is more expensive, yes, however the longer lifespan more than makes up for it, considering in that time you may need to replace asphalt shingles in their place at least once or twice.
There are many reasons why Toronto is loving its metal roofing. Above all else, as we mentioned, the durability is long. A metal roof lasts on average fifty years or more, which is significantly longer than asphalt’s fifteen to twenty years. Compared to asphalt shingles which will begin to break down as they are increasingly exposed to weather, metal doesn’t do that. As a material, a metal roofing in Ontario also does not curl or crack, it won’t tear off in tough winds, it’s resistant to UV rays, and will never decompose. Above all this, they are also fire-resistant. If you live in an area that is prone to fires and/or if a neighbouring property goes up in flames, those sparks or embers are not going to spread fire to your roof.
Roofing contractors and consumers both can appreciate the light weight of metal roofing as well. Naturally when we think of metal, we might say to ourselves that of course it would be heavy – that’s not the case. Metal roofs are actually way lighter than asphalt shingles and because metal doesn’t absorb moisture, it means that it will remain at the same weight in dry and wet conditions.
Lastly, and perhaps more important in the grand scheme of things, metal roofing in Toronto is one of the most environmentally-friendly options you can have. Metal is almost 100 percent recyclable meaning that it is easily reusable after its life span as a roof has passed. Also, contemporary metal roofing panels and related materials oftentimes have recycled metal already built into their design. All in all, that means less waste going to our landfills and more time in between roof placements.
The past ten years have been a massive growth spurt for metal roofing contractors in Ontario. Numerous residential and commercial properties in parts of Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Mississauga, St. Catharines, Kitchener, London, and more have all made the switch. As there are a lot of advantages to consider, know that if you want a high quality roofing material to equip your home with the utmost protection, remember to choose metal.