Have you thought about getting a metal roof? While asphalt shingle roofs are the most common type, metal roofs are gaining in popularity. No roof lasts forever. If it’s time to get a new roof for your home, talk with a roofer and consider if a metal roof might be the best options for you.
Aside from the unique aesthetic nature of metal roofs, there are some key aspects that you should be aware of. Here eight factors to consider before you get a metal roof.
A properly installed metal roof can last 50 years or longer. Typical asphalt shingle roofs last between 15 and 20 years. Some higher quality shingle roofs can last up to 30 years. Over time, however, asphalt roofs can deteriorate due to weather, heat, insect, rodents and heat. Metal roofs don’t have those problems and are also resistant to corrosion, cracking, or fire. They also require less ongoing maintenance.
On the downside, however, a metal roof can be much noisier than an asphalt shingle roof. Rain is the main culprit. On an asphalt roof, rain, is not very noticeable, but with a metal roof, even a light rain can be heard against the roof. There are ways to lessen the noise, but they can be expensive.
A metal roof may last longer, but the lifetime cost may not be that much more beneficial compared to asphalt roofs. Sometimes a metal roof can cost up to three times more than other materials. This is not always the case and varies with the size of your roof, but expect to pay more money installing a metal roof.
While the typical metal roof that people envision is silver in color, there are actually many color options to choose from. You can even order metal roofing that looks like wood, slate, tile, or shingles. This gives homeowners more options to match their homes design and style.
Although metal roofs are resistant to almost any weather, including hail, some extreme storms can still cause noticeable damage. Your home will remain protected, but if cosmetic damage happens like denting, your insurance company is not likely to compensate you to repair it. This is something you should especially consider if you choose a more stylish softer metal like aluminum or copper.
One of the most beneficial aspects of a metal roof is the energy savings it provides. You can expect to save considerably on heating and cooling costs – sometimes up to 30%. Metal roofs are also lighter than asphalt roofs and therefore better if you decide to install solar panels. To top it all off, metal roofs are also often made with recycled materials.
Not every neighborhood will allow you to install a metal roof. The reason for this is because metal roofs don’t always fit in, especially if you are the only home with a metal roof. It can stand out and look too different, which your neighbors might not like. Before you decide to install a metal roof, check with your homeowner’s association to make sure it is permitted.
Metal roofing s lightweight, comes in panels, and can be cut to exact dimensions. These factors make it easy for roofing contractors to install. There is less room for error, and you may be able to place the metal over your existing shingles. This cuts down on tome and labor costs. Because it is so easy to install, a metal roof works for houses of any shape and size.
If you want to find out exactly how much a metal roof will cost and if it the best option for you, then contact Woodforest Roofing. We’ll give you a FREE inspection, no strings attached. Call us today!