When the time comes to replace your home’s roof you will have a variety of options to choose from, which can be overwhelming for many homeowners, particularly if they have never had their home’s roof replaced before. Amongst the most common options homeowners pick from when having their roofs replaced are asphalt shingle and tile shingle roofs; however, there are a variety of benefits to choosing a metal roof for your home. If you have never considered a metal roof for your home and/ or you are not familiar with the benefits these roofs can provide, here are just a few of the reasons you should consider metal the next time your home’s roof needs replacing.
Metal Roofs Are Incredibly Durable
One of the primary reasons to consider a metal roof for your home is that these roofs are extremely durable and last a very long time compared to other roofing options. While shingle roofs will begin to wear out and need replacing in 15-20 years, metal roofs can last between 40-70 years; some manufacturers even offer 30 or 40-year warranties. Additionally, no matter what the weather’s like where you live, your metal roof will be able to hold up as these roofs can take a beating from snow and hail, and can even withstand wind speeds over 100 mph. Once you have a metal roof installed on your home, it is unlikely that it will need attention from you for decades to come.
Unlike asphalt roofs which require regular inspections, maintenance, repairs, and shingle replacement, metal roofs are virtually maintenance-free. Since they are so durable, metal roofs rarely require any kind of maintenance or repairs. Additionally, these roofs are sealed with a rust-preventive coating that will protect the metal from the elements. The only real maintenance these roofs need is that they may eventually require repainting, and they will likely need to be resealed every 15-20 to ensure they stay water-resistant.
A common misconception about metal roofing is the belief that these roofs cause homeowners to spend more money cooling their homes during the summer due to the belief that metal roofs absorb heat and trap this heat into the home; however, this is as far from the truth as possible. Metal roofs have a coating that allows them to actually reflect solar heat (whereas asphalt roofs absorb this heat), helping your home to stay cool. Metal roofs also provide a superior layer of insulation compared to other roofs, which can allow you to save as much as 40% on your energy bills year-round, greatly reducing the cost of heating and cooling your home.
Metal roofs are also the most environmentally-friendly roofing option. Not only do these roofs help homeowners to reduce their energy consumption, but also, since they last so much longer than shingle roofs, homes with metal roofs produce less waste. Additionally, metal roofs are often made out of recycled materials, and these materials can then be recycled again when the roof needs to be replaced. These factors make metal roofs the ideal choice for environmentally-conscious homeowners.
As you can see there are a variety of benefits that metal roofs can provide, and we have only touched upon a few of these benefits here. However, the roofing option that will be best for your home will depend on a variety of factors including your budget, your style preferences, and how you want your home to look. Contact us to learn more about the roofing options available to you as well as well as for help in deciding which roofing option would best meet your needs while complementing your home.