Staying Cooler with Metal Roofing?

Metal Roofing One common belief that has become more and more popular in recent years is that metal roofing can actually help make a home stay cooler during the warm weather months. However, is that really the case?


Most homes that you see these days have asphalt shingle roofs, which are designed the way they are for a few reasons. First and foremost, this is the way we’ve been installing roofing for many years. Plus, as an added benefit, asphalt roofing is affordable and helps keep upfront costs more managable.


However, the recent economy has shifted slightly in favor of materials that are more economical, both for the environment and in terms of long-term costs. While an asphalt shingle roof may be cheap for homeowners up front, the homeowner will still be facing the need to replace a roof in a shorter time frame than with a metal roof. While metal roofing requires a more expensive initial investment, homeowners may end up saving some money in the long term – both in the longer life span and even on energy costs.


There are some mixed reviews of the efficacy of metal roofing versus traditional materials, but here are the main points to focus on: metal roofing is more durable than some other roofing materials, like asphalt shingles, and can therefore save homeowners money in terms of repairs. Metal roofing is also a bit more environmentally friendly, but the added benefits for keeping a roof cool all depends on the individual product’s cool-rating – regardless of metal or shingles.


Asphalt shingles are still a common choice for those concerned about energy savings, and still provide a benefit for staying cool as they don’t absorb as much heat as other products. When it comes to heat absorption, though, the material is just as important as the actual product color, as darker materials will absorb more light and, in turn, more heat. As long as you choose a roofing material with a good cool-rating, you’ll be good to go.


Here’s the final takeaway: metal roofing is a great option for homeowners who want a no-nonsense, no-fuss roofing solution that will last them longer than other materials, and may ultimately contribute to savings on their energy bills. But bear in mind that your roof’s ability to keep your home cool in hot months and warm in cold months depends not only on the material it’s made of or the color of the roof, but on the ventilation systems, proper sealing and many other factors.


Contact Roofing by Bruce today for more information on metal roofing and roof ventilation systems.


Money Spent on Roof Replacement Worth Every Dime

Roof ReplacemetGetting your roof redone or totally replaced seems like a costly endeavor and it is. Many bemoan when it’s that time to do up the roof and while we don’t blame them, we still think they need to be educated on the importance of the roof. A faulty roof will cost you more money in the long run, not to mention destroy the inside of your home. It’s as if you’re willingly inviting in all the world’s pests to run rampant in your home; you wouldn’t open your door to let termites in, would you now?


Think of a leaky roof as one giant termite; it is determined to tear down your house one way or another. You just can’t keep patching it up; you have to step up to the plate and deal with it, kind of like staff members at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.



Malcom Gay of the Boston Globe writes, “But last winter, under the brunt of an accumulated 110 inches of snow, the historic palace sprang several chronic leaks, endangering items in the collection and forcing staff to take the drastic steps of putting out buckets, rubber mats, and shrouding some works in plastic sheeting.” Really? That’s no way to run a museum with priceless artifacts. That’s also no way to live. Period.



The museum came under attack for their method of “patching things up.” Art enthusiasts and city officials were shocked at their irresponsibility and lack of concern. It reflected poorly on them as well as the entire city of Boston. So this is how they take care of their precious things, some would say. Others would marvel at the complete lack of professionalism.


Needless to say, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum buckled under the criticism and is undergoing a vast project to renovate or replace (if need be) all the roofs (yes, there are multiple roofs!). The whole project will cost around $1.5 million. Next time you think getting a new roof is expensive, just think of the museum. They came around. Will you? As Anne Hawley, the museum director, put it: “We an’t afford to take any chances.” You can’t either.