History Of Metal Roofing
Metal roofing has been a tradition in the United States. Thomas Jefferson was an early advocate of tin roofing, using a standing seam metal roof on top of his beloved "Monticello". In 1857 one of the first metal roofs in the South was installed on the U.S. Mint in New Orleans. Thanks to it's 20gauge galvanized, corrugated iron roof on iron trusses, the new mint was protected from fire. Architect Benjamin H. Latrobe used sheet iron to restore the roof on Princeton's "Nassau Hall," which was almost completely destroyed by an early 1800's fire. Through every stage of America's development, metal roofing has been there.
The popularity of these roofs gave way to the asphalt shingle, based on economics and a popular belief that there was enough fossil fuels to produce all the needed oil-based products. This trend lasted for many decades until the reality of our dependence on oil became apparent when supplies began to diminish while prices sky rocketed. New alternatives to the asphalt shingled roof were needed and the metal roof was reinvigorated with new life.
The metal roof of the 21st century is very little like it's predecessors. While metal roofs have always been known to protect a home from spreading fires, new manufacturers emerged determined to create a metal roof that would benefit the consumer in a myriad of ways. The vast majority of today's metal roofs use a Galvalume coated steel substrate which virtually eliminates worries about rust and corrosion. Companies like Union Corrugated, which Atlantic Metal Roofing offers, carries a limited 30 year warranty against rust and corrosion, one of the best in the industry. Other great companies that Atlantic Metal Roofing works with are Metal Roofing Systems, Coastal Metal Sales, Triad Corrugated & Consolidated Components Group. We prefer these companies because they offer outstanding products with exceptional resistance to fading, chalking, and cracking even under the most stringent conditions. Their products combined with our expertise will give you the maximum protection against harmful UV rays which is important for the long term health of your roof.
Other exciting new innovations in metal roofing include it's ability to make a home more energy efficient. Tests have shown that a metal roof can save a homeowner up to 40% on cooling costs. The metal is much more durable and will out last asphalt shingles by decades, saving the homeowner money in costs and repairs over their lifetime of home ownership. Manufacturers have also done a great job creating new styles for today's residential metal roofing. If a homeowner wants the benefits of a metal roof, but prefers the aesthetic value of other types of roofing including asphalt shingle, cedar shake, clay tile or slate roofing - they now can have it. Because it's metal, it's stronger and more durable.
If you are looking to replace your old roof or simply want to have the peace of mind knowing your roof is protecting your family and home from fire, damaging winds, extreme temperatures, UV rays, and rising electricity costs, then give Atlantic Metal Roofing a call. We'll come out to your home, talk with you about your goals and concerns with a new roof, and we'll give you a free, no hassle estimate. We can even finance your new metal roof for you.
Atlantic Metal Roofing will be there for you every step of the way. We're not just a company, we're a neighbor.