Benefits of Metal Roofing

Installing a new roof only happens once every 20 to 25 years, barring wind damage. As it occurs so infrequently, any choice you make regarding your new roof is very important. After all, you will have to live with it for years. You want, of course, a roof that will not leak, but you also want one that looks good and will stand up to the elements. Being creatures of habit we are inclined to simply go with whatever materials we have used in the past and ask around for the name of a good roofer. However, it is worth the time and trouble really to weigh all of your options. One option to consider is a metal roof and among the benefits of metal roofing are detailed in the article below.

Environmental Benefits of a Metal Roof

For many the option of a metal roof is attractive due to its positive environmental attributes. Metal roofs save resources, as well as energy, both in their production as well as in their use. First, metal roofs last longer and are made partially from recycled materials. Additionally, they can be recycled after their life cycle has concluded. While they are in use, they provide excellent insulation properties to keep heated or air conditioned air inside the house.

  • Save Resources
  • Save on Energy Costs
  • Last longer than other roof types
  • Made from Partially Recycled Materials

It may seem counter intuitive, but metal roofs are better at reflecting solar heat than asphalt shingled roofs. They come in a variety of pigment coatings and each coating type carries its own degree of solar reflectivity. The proper coating, with the slope of the roof taken into account, will provide the optimum in energy efficiency regardless of climate.  Click here to learn more about the energy benefits of a metal roof.

Cost of a Metal Roof

A common misconception concerning metal roofing is that the cost is prohibitive, but the truth is metal roofs compare favorably with other roofing options. The price of asphalt roofing ties into the price of oil and since oil has become more expensive, so have these roofing tiles. Slate or tile roofs are even more costly.

A metal roof is lightweight compared to asphalt tiles and can be installed over them, saving the expense of removing the previous roof. Money saved in energy costs each year, plus money saved in future roof replacement due to metal roofs lasting longer, makes these roofs the most economical choice. While shingled roofs must be replaced in 12 to 20 year intervals, metal roofs commonly last up to 50 years.

Metal roofing also makes the choice of solar panels more cost efficient. Why risk damaging solar panels removing them from a roof that could not last as long as the panels when a metal roof will more closely match the life span of the a solar energy panel? Moreover, because a metal roof is lighter the additional weight of the panels will not endanger the roof’s integrity, the way heavier roofing materials might.

Finally, a metal roof can save you money at tax time providing a tax credit if it is installed on your primary residence. The tax credit is available from the federal government and in some cases a similar credit can be obtained from your state government as well. Annual savings are also found with lower house insurance premiums due to a metal roof being fire resistant and better able to withstand high winds.  Click here to learn more about Energy Star Metal Roof Products and Tax Credits.

Appearance of a Metal Roof

Perhaps one of the most overlooked benefits of metal roofing is appearance. Going metal provides a wide selection of looks from which to choose. Those who find themselves debating whether the advantages of a metal roof outweigh its substandard appearance need to investigate the many choices metal roofing has to offer.

  • Shake Shingles Metal Roof
  • Slate Shingles Metal Roof
  • Natural Self-Healing Metal Roof
  • Pre-Painted Vertical Panels

A metal roof can have the appearance of shake shingles, slate shingles, or ceramic tiles. One can choose the more traditional looking metal roofs either as a natural self-healing metal roof that develops a patina with age or as pre-painted vertical panels. It is your choice whether your roof is obviously metal or appears to be made of another material. Whatever you decide upon, you can be assured that your roof will blend in or stand out to your expectations.  Click here to view metal roof colors.

Installation of a Metal Roof

Most homeowners will choose to have a professional install their metal roof but homeowners can do it themselves. For some this may be the deciding factor in whether to go ahead with metal roof installation. We not only sell metal roofing materials but we also offer advice to professional as well as do-it-yourself roofers.

Obviously, there are many factors to consider when deciding on a roofing material. However, whatever way you look at it, the benefits of metal roofing outweigh those of other roofing materials. Traditional roofs have only the weight of convention to recommend them. A metal roof has longevity, economical and environment savings as well as variety of appearance in its favor, plus it is also resistant to wind and fire damage.  To learn more, click on this article about metal roofing installation.

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