Thinking about getting a new roof? Perhaps your existing roof requires a total makeover? Whatever your situation, there are many materials available, but no matter what roof style you have, metal roofs can be an attractive option because of their longevity, minimal maintenance, and energy efficiency.
A roof is a significant investment, and if it’s time to replace yours – or if you’re building a new home and thinking about what material to cover it – you could be looking at a big expense. And because roofing can affect your home’s energy-efficiency, you may want to consider materials that will make a positive difference in this area.
The Last Roof You Will Ever Need
One massive advantage to choosing a metal roof is the impressively long-life expectancy. The metal itself can last 50-100 years! Asphalt shingles, with a 15-year life expectancy, don’t come close to competing. Considering that residential roofing prices double every ten years or so, the financial benefits of metal roofing really begin to show themselves once the homeowner has gone through one re-roofing cycle.
Anyone who has lost shingles and sprung a leak during a storm understands the importance of a durable roof – especially true in the Midwest which is prone to weather extremes. Metal roofing has an impeccable track record and unique benefits – low weight and interlocking panels – making them exceptionally capable of lasting in severe weather. The protection that a metal roofing offers is unparalleled.
Fast to Install
Metal roofs can be much quicker to install than other materials, depending on the skill and experience of the company. Do you need a roof ASAP due to severe storm damage? Metal roofs are quick and painless.
Lighter than Shingles
Metal roofs are considerably lighter than traditional roofing materials, meaning less stress on the roofing structure (and the workers). If you are building from scratch, or using for a garage or shed, the requirement for supports may be reduced. Check your local building codes for more information.
The sustainability, recyclability, and energy efficiency offered by metal roofing is unmatched by other materials. Hands down, the green benefits of metal, as well as the ongoing energy savings, put it far ahead of other roofing material choices.
Actually, metal roofs are significantly CHEAPER than shingle roofs in the long-term! Shingled roofs are relatively fragile, come with a lower life expectancy, and give you a higher energy bill. So, while a shingled roof is cheaper on the day of installation, it will cost you in the long run.