A metal roof is one of the best investments you can make to boost your home’s value. Delivering beauty, longevity, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability
No matter what kind of roofing style, color or finish you are after, there’s a metal roof to match. Looking for the charm of traditional cedar shake, or the simplicity of asphalt shingle? Or perhaps you are after the bold and distinctive look of clay tile or natural slate. Modern day metal roofs offer all of the style and beauty of these traditional roofing materials only stronger and more durable. There’s certain to be a metal roof style to match your home and neighborhood.
There’s a reason metal roofs are gaining in popularity across the country. In fact, there are lots of reasons. Metal roofs offer energy savings, aesthetic appeal and protection for your home that can last a lifetime. They complement virtually any architectural style and are environmentally sustainable. Explore the many benefits that metal roofs have to offer.
While the initial cost of a quality metal roof is higher than roofing materials such as asphalt, it’s an investment that pays returns over a lifetime. A metal roof can last 30 to 50+ years or more with little maintenance, can often be repainted versus replaced, and may even increase the resale value of your home.
Metal roofs are available in a wide variety of styles, types and colors. They can make a bold architectural statement or effortlessly complement any home and neighborhood. They’ll also maintain their great looks much longer than other roofing materials.
Unlike asphalt or other roofing styles, a properly constructed metal roof can handle just about anything Mother Nature can throw at it. Metal roofing can protect your home against extreme temperatures, high winds, hail, marine air and even fire—all with minimal maintenance.
Metal is considered the most environmentally friendly and sustainable roofing material available. Most metal roofing contains 30-60% recycled material and is 100% recyclable. Metal roofs can also often be installed over an existing roof, eliminating the environmental impact of disposal.
Did you know that metal roofing can save you up to 40% on your annual energy costs? Cool-metal roofing uses a reflective solar coating designed to minimize heat buildup and reduce air conditioning cost. State and federal energy savings initiatives including an ENERGY STARⓇ tax credit may also be available.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Because metal roofing is a premium home product, you can expect your new roof to cost roughly two to three times what an asphalt shingle roof costs. However, a metal roof is comparable in price to tile roofing or cedar shake roofing. If you currently have a slate roof, you can expect your metal roof to cost less.
No matter what kind of metal roofing style you choose, you’ll never have to worry about your roof again. Plus, your new metal roof will add to the resale value of your home, save you money on your energy bills, and give you peace of mind that you’ll likely never have to re-roof again.
You can expect a metal roof to last at least 2 to 3 times longer than a regular roof. In general terms, count on a metal roof lasting 30 to 50+ years since metal roofs can often be repainted versus replaced.
To put it in context, the average lifespan of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. That lifespan can be shorter depending on the pitch of your roof and the climate in your area. Made of oil impregnated paper or fiberglass, asphalt begins to deteriorate as soon as you expose it to normal weather. A metal roof, however, will never decompose.
Other roofing materials like wood shingle, shake and tile have varying degrees of weather-related problems that lead to breakdown. Wood shingle and shake roofs often need replacement before twenty years. Concrete tile roofs can crack and warp in the freeze/thaw cycle of more northern climates.
All of the above roofing materials are well-outlasted by metal roofing, which retains its good looks and durability decade after decade after decade.
There is little difference between metal and other materials when it comes to noise from rain or hail. Normal attic insulation also absorbs most of the sound.
A metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like high winds, heavy snow, hail storms and even wildfires. Metal roofing has a 140-mph wind rating, meaning it can withstand wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour.
In locations that see heavy snow, metal roofing has been the choice of homeowners for years. It sheds snow fast, which protects the structural integrity of the roof.
If you live in a part of the country that is prone to wildfires, metal roofing can protect your home should burning embers land on your roof.
Not only is metal roofing great for your home, it’s great for the environment. The recycled content of the steel in a metal roof is about 28% and is completely recyclable at the end of it’s lifespan. This make metal roofing a green building material.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills every year. If you loaded those shingles into tractor trailers, then lined them up end-to-end, they would make a line from New York City to Los Angeles, back to New York City again, then on to Chicago.
You’ll be surprised to learn that a metal roof is, on average, 50% lighter than an asphalt shingle roof, and 75% lighter than concrete tile, fiber cement shakes and slate. With metal roofing weight on a structure is never an issue.