5 Advantages of a Metal Roof
Many homeowners are now choosing metal roofing materials when they need a roof replacement. Don’t let the myths of higher cost or noisy rain deter you; a well-installed metal roof will reward you with nearly a lifetime’s worth of use. It may very well be the last roof you will ever need to install. And it’s better for the environment too.
Traditional roofing materials like asphalt, cement, and clay deteriorate quickly, requiring more frequent roof repairs and re-roofing every 10-20 years. Metal roofs are more resilient with a lifespan of 50 years or more. Homeowners responding to a recent survey said that durability was the main reason for choosing a metal roof. And while harsh weather can damage other roofing materials, a metal roof can withstand extreme weather such as hurricanes, hail, and high heat. In 2018 Hurricane Michael destroyed nearly every home in Mexico Beach, FL as it roared through the Panhandle. But the one house that was left standing with only minor damage was built with a metal roof. Also, metal doesn’t chip or crack and is resistant to pests, mold, and mildew so maintenance and repairs are minimal.
Reduced Energy Costs
With energy costs on the rise, choosing a roofing material that reduces heating and cooling costs is a wise decision. Metal roofs are great insulators, and when properly installed, they can cut your energy bills. For instance, when the summer sun is blazing, metal roofs reflect the heat keeping the interior temperatures cooler. And when winter’s fury is menacing at your door, a metal roof keeps your living space warmer. You can expect energy savings of approximately 30% and 10% during summer and winter, respectively.
They’re Environmentally Friendly
Metal roofs are not only wholly recyclable; they are manufactured using recycled material. Asphalt, one of the most common roofing materials, is petroleum-based. And its production has a negative impact on the environment. Plus, asphalt and other materials from roof repairs and replacements frequently end up in landfills.
Metal Roofs are Aesthetically Pleasing
Metal roofs are now available in many popular colors and architectural styles rivaling any traditional roofing material. No matter the style of the surrounding houses in your neighborhood, you can have a roof that maximizes curb appeal. More importantly, a metal roof will look just as great years from now as it did when it was initially installed.
Metal is a naturally non-combustible material. That’s why homeowners in fire-ravaged Northern California are choosing metal roofing for their homes. It has a Class A rating (the highest rating a material can receive). Other roofing materials need to be treated with fire retardant material to achieve their Class A rating. However, it wears away due to normal wear and tear and extreme weather conditions leaving homes vulnerable to catching on fire.
These are some of the many advantages that a metal roof provides. There are others, such as less maintenance and lighter weight materials. With everything considered, it just makes sense to consider a metal roof for your home.