When choosing a roofing material to invest in, don’t forget to ask yourself how many more times you want to make that choice.
Because, if you like that kind of thing, great, but if you’d like to avoid ever make roof-installation decisions again, then we highly recommend installing some Centura Metal Shingles over replace-every-decade-or-so traditional cedar or asphalt shingles. They’ll save you money, time, and a whole lot of worry for what could be the rest of your life.
1. Energy Smart is Money Smart
Folks who’ve lived in old houses with old roofs can tell you that it’s a tale of two homes with life upstairs. In cold snaps, they might have six blankets on the bed because it’s so cold at night. Come summer, they might sleep on the porch or on a downstairs sofa because a heatwave’s made the upstairs is hotter than a barbecue.
A metal roof ends all that.
Especially one made using Centura Metal Shingles. Thanks to weather-impervious cladding and a high-tech PVDF resin “cool” paint system, these shingles deflect summer’s heat to provide a thermal break that keeps your home cooler. And in the winter, pairing these shingles with the right underlayment combines to keep heat in, creating a more stable environment – and maybe allowing you to kick off a blanket or two.
Where you’ll really notice the difference is in energy prices. Month after month, year after year, expect to pay less for energy – with bills that can be 20% (or more) lower than you pay now.
2. Keep Cooler in the Summers
Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, are made from the same material we pave roads with. Tried walking on that barefoot during a summer heatwave? It absorbs heat rather than reflecting it, so what’s that doing for your energy bills when your home becomes a sweatbox in July?
Cedar shingles, of course, look beautiful and don’t absorb heat as badly, but their coating is susceptible to UV rays over time. Inevitably, they chip or split from heat, making them vulnerable to swelling, warping, or rotting when the rains come. Sadly, cedar shingles on a slow march to obsolescence from the day they’re installed. That’s why cedar shingle websites talk about “years” of protection for your roof – but we’re talking about decades of protection from these metal shingles.
“Metal gets hot in the sun too,” you’re thinking.
Sure, but does it have Centura Metal Shingles’ Kynar 500 PVDF resin finish that’s designed to reflect the sun and create that thermal break? It’s key in what’s called “cool roof” technology. Able to reflect as much as 70% of the sun’s heat, Kynar 500 finish is a leading choice among architects looking for enviro-friendly “cool roof” materials that last while reducing energy consumption.
But don’t take our word for it. Renowned sustainable building design expert Scott Kriner has a passion for “cool roofing,” and he’s a big fan of the Kynar 500® resin-based metal roofs like Centura.
Kriner says they can “lower the carbon footprint of a building by significantly reducing the solar heat gain into the attic or living space below the roof. The cool Kynar 500® resin-based paint systems maintain their cool properties for decades by retaining the initial solar reflectance.”
While investigating other roofing materials, look into how much they weigh. Every 100 square feet of Centura Metal Shingles weighs just 76 pounds – regardless of whether they’re wet or dry. Asphalt and cedar, you’re looking anywhere from 200 to 450 pounds per square – and cedar absorbs water, increasing the weight even further. Plus, these lightweight metal shingles can likely be installed over your existing roof – saving you money on demo and labor.
3. Centura Shingles Look Good
Besides the economic value that comes from a Centura shingle roof, they look pretty good too. See the gallery below.
4. With Centura, You’ll Buy Peace of Mind
From hurricanes and blizzards to wildfire and blistering heat, America has it all, so you need a roof that helps you weather changing climates and hard-hitting storms. That’s a job for Centura Metal Shingles.
You already know the shingles are better in the heat with their solar-reflecting Kynar 500 resin coating, but they also use a four-way interlocking panel system rated “UL 1897”. That means they’re designed to withstand uplifting in winds up to 120 miles an hour. So, hurricane categories 1 and 2 are just a regular day out for Centura Metal Shingles, and they should handle most hurricane category-3 winds too.
Those winds often come with sideways rain, but the Centura Metal Shingles’ UL 489 rating means you won’t need to worry about that either. That’s because they’re designed to fend off wind-driven rains up to 110 miles an hour. It’s another way the four-way interlocking panel design delivers added protection to your roof, you, and your family.
If wildfire is a concern, the UL 790 class-A fire-resistance rating means these metal shingles will protect the roof deck below. Properly installed, these interlocking panels prevent errant embers from contacting anything combustible on your roof. Wild-land fires also generate enormous winds when raging, and the combined non-combustible nature of Centura Metal Shingles, plus their high wind rating, means it’s the kind of metal roof FEMA is a fan of, and for good reason.
5. Warrantied for Your Lifetime
From railroads to the high-rises, America was built on steel. That’s why we say a metal roof is the last roof you’ll ever install – and this warranty proves it. Whether you’re in your 60s or your 20s, your roof will be warrantied for as long as you own your home. And should you sell it, no matter how many times it changes hands, it’s a non-pro-rated 40-year transferable warranty from the date of installation.
The warranty covers all the things you want coverage with – like perforations from freak hailstorms, or panels lifting in a hurricane gale.
But as the saying goes, “things” happen, and sometimes roofs fail. If yours fails, this is the warranty you want – because it doesn’t just cover the cost of materials replacement, it covers the labor too. The warranty is refreshingly easy to read, too, since it’s written clearly, without legalese. (Contact us for a copy.)
Like any warranty, it depends on proper installation, but the Metal Roofing Source team is always available to help via phone, with our fabricators just a short walk from the office to answer technical questions. We also offer all kinds of installation help through videos and blog posts. If we can help, just ask.
Bottom Line: Built to Last
We’re proud to offer Centura Metal Shingles because they’re a Metal Construction Association Certified “Premium” product – designed with both beauty and durability in mind. Fabricated from 100% American-made steel with industry-leading products like the Kynar 500 PVDF coating, and backed with a lifetime warranty, we think there’s everything to like about this tough, beautiful steel shingle.
If it’s a shingle look you’re after for your home, don’t waste time and money choosing from products you’ll have to replace once or more in the decades to come.
Buy the most American product you can – an engineered metal roof, like the Centura Metal Shingle.