It might be safe to assume that all the non-hipsters or non-millenials who may not know what “hype” means. Hype is a term that relates to the popularity and buzz surrounding a specific topic. So, now that everyone knows the meaning, what is the hype around Insulated Metal Roof Panels (IMR)?
Why Do People Love Insulated Metal Roof Panels (IMR)?
Well, believe it or not, you might already know what an insulated metal roof panel is! Recently, contractors, homeowners and more are using IMRs for new and old buildings. However, these panels are not only roofing material. In fact, they can also serve as side panels and interior walls. The simplicity, affordability, durability of IMR panels has caused a lot of buzz. For this reason, we would like to go over a few of the benefits with you. Hopefully, after reading this, your level of hype about IMRs could match or exceed ours.
What is an Insulated Metal Roof Panel (IMR)?
As you may know, there are many roofing options, such as composite shingle or metal roofing. However, an IMR panel is a better version of your average metal roofing material. There are two layers of metal panels, usually galvanized steel, and between the two layers is a thick layer of polyurethane foam. Because the panels are metal, this allows them to withstand the elements and last a long time. Additionally, the polyurethane foam acts as an insulator to keep the temperature outside from affecting the building’s interior temperature.
The design of each panel allows for a fast and easy installation. For example, there are hidden fasteners on the side of each panel. In fact, two or more panels will snap together like two pieces of a puzzle. Also, with speedy installation, comes lower installation costs! Which brings us to the next major benefit…
The panels themselves aren’t as expensive as you would think. The installation process is a lot faster and easier. Above all, this will allow you to save money on installation costs. In addition, your overall energy costs will be cheaper because the insulation helps with building climate control.
If the weather outside is unbearable, you will take comfort knowing that the insulation will keep the interior of your home comfortable, and cost-effective. Insulation ratings are based on a system called thermal resistance or R-Value. R-values measure how resistant something is to conductive heat flow. In fact, the R-values on IMR panels are often above industry standards. Meaning, the panels will save you money by reducing the amount of energy your home uses.
In relation to keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, your home will require less energy or gas. Using less energy or gas will limit your carbon footprint, which is good for the environment. Also, companies that manufacture IMRs often produce the panels in an eco-friendly way by using recyclable metals.
Durability and Longevity
When purchasing a roof, homeowners will always hear about the lifespan of the roofing material and its warranty. In fact, one of the top roofing materials, regarding the lifespan, is a metal roof. Often times, IMR panels are made with galvanized steel, which is rust resistant. In addition, manufacturers using a coating on the outside of the panels to ensure they are weather resistant and durable.
Since the panels are so durable, it should comfort you in knowing that the panels will need less maintenance than other roofing options. Additionally, there are many different color paint finishes which are long-lasting as well.
Easy on the Eyes
Speaking of the different paint options, the panels are very easy on the eye, giving the building a modern look. The panels can vary in style and add appeal to your home. Whether you are building your home or upgrading your current home, there is a color and style for you.
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In conclusion, we hope these reasons have sparked some interest in IMR panels. Essentially, this is a major upgrade and extremely beneficial roofing option. You will come to love your decision and may even try to spread the hype! Feel free to reach out to your local roofing company and ask for more information on insulated metal roofing options.