New England has some of the most variable weather in the nation. The summers are blazing hot, the spring and fall are rainy and cool, and the winters are snowy, bitterly cold and just downright brutal.
If you’re a homeowner on the South Shore looking to install a roof, one of the most important considerations to make is roofing material. A high-quality roof provides superior protection against the weather elements, but different roofing materials bring different benefits and drawbacks.
More and more people are concerned with the environment and how the choices they make impact the long-term sustainability of their homes and indeed the Earth. This applies to roofing choices as well, even more so as we head into 2021. According to the 2019 Retail and Sustainability Survey, more than two-thirds of people take sustainability into account when making a purchase, with nearly 70 percent having made an eco-friendly purchase in the past year. The survey also revealed people are willing to pay more for sustainable products, including roofing.
Let’s take a look at the most energy efficient roofs in New England.
A rubber roof utilizes tiles or “panels” made of rubber. Rubber roofing is ideal because it can withstand the effects of diverse climates well. It’s long-standing, and can last for decades when properly installed by roofers in Hanson MA.
On top of that that, they are practically seamless, and the rubber in today’s modern roofs are not susceptible to the sun's UV rays like other materials such as asphalt shingles are.
The recycled content making up the panels as well as the finished products are all contaminant-free. This means any trim or scrap rubber material from the installation and manufacturing process can be used yet again in the making of other roofing products.When you install a roof that is completely recyclable at the end of its lifespan, you’re showing your commitment to full-life-cycle sustainability. This not only lowers your household’s carbon footprint, it goes one step further to make a positive environmental change.
Here’s how rubber roofs fare:
- Durability: Excellent. Rubber roofs have an expected lifespan of more than 50 years, and they are extremely resistant to hail, wind, heat and rain, with no worries about damage arising from rotting, peeling, curling and cracking.
- Aesthetics: Excellent. Panels resemble slate and shake roofing tiles for a classic look that fits with a range of home styles.
- Initial cost: Medium. You’ll pay a higher upfront cost, but because it’s so easy to install and lasts such a long time, the cost balances out over its lifespan.
- Maintenance: None.
- Energy efficiency: Good. Rubber panels insulate your home more effectively, ensuring your attic remains cool and reducing energy use in summer and winter.
- Eco-friendliness: Excellent, when made from recycled material; 100% recyclable at the end of its life.
The superior weather protection of metal is light years ahead of shingles and shakes, yet it’s not nearly as heavy as slate. Metal roofs come in many different styles, from standing seam metal roof to metal shingle roofing style.
Metal roofing has very low maintenance requirements and unbeatable longevity. A properly-maintained metal roof could last you 75 years or longer, and it’s able to withstand weather far better than asphalt shingle or cedar shake roofs. This makes a metal roof a great investment, thanks to its long-lasting value and personalization options.
Here’s how metal roofs fare:
- Durability: Very good. Metal roofs have a lifespan of between 30 and 50+ years, sometimes as high as 75. While metal is susceptible to hail damage, it has a strong resistance to wind, heat and rain. No rotting, peeling, or cracking will occur with metal, but contraction and expansion could raise some issues.
- Aesthetics: Good. There is a wide range of colors and designs available.
- Initial cost: Medium to high. It’s got a high upfront cost but its longevity justifies the purchase.
- Maintenance: Medium. There may be a need to re-paint your metal roof as necessary, dents may need to be repaired, rust can be a problem for lower-quality roofs, and loose panels could require fixing after expansion/contraction.
- Energy efficiency: Good. That’s because metal roofs reflect solar heat, which reduces cooling costs by 10-25%.
- Eco-friendliness: Good, when made from recycled material and 100% recyclable at the end of its life.
Contact Revered Roofing in the South Shore
We serve the entire South Shore and lower Cape with quality roofing products, including Hanson, Taunton, Marshfield, Quincy, Falmouth, Hingham, Norwood, Milton and Plymouth.
Great job! Thank you Revered Metal Roofing! Very professional and worked with us on having our back shed worked on as well.