15 Mar Metal Roofing: Why It’s Becoming More Popular
If you’re like me, you are seeing more and more metal roofs on homes and businesses. There’s a good reason for the increased popularity. When most people think of metal roofing they picture a shed with a rusted out tin roof, but metal roofing has come a long way in recent years. More and more roofing manufacturers are developing their own metal roofing products. Due to this, the choices for types of metals and designs have never been more plentiful. In this article, we’ll look at some of the benefits and some of the drawbacks of metal roofs.
Lifespan: Metal roofs have a much longer lifespan than asphalt roofing, most homeowners can expect their metal roofing system to last upwards of 70 years. Manufacturer warranties vary, but most will warranty their products to some extent for up to 50 years. With an asphalt roof during that same time span, you should expect to have to replace your entire roof up to 3 times.
Energy Efficient: Metal is highly reflective, so in the hot summer months, you can expect to see a reduction in your home cooling bills by up to 40%. I say up to 40% because of the variety of choices available for metal roofs. Lighter colors will outperform darker colors in this category.
Ventilation: To many people roof ventilation isn’t something they’ll be thinking about when it comes to choosing a new roof. To contractors, its one of the most important aspects to installing any type of new roof. An improperly ventilated roof can lead to any number of headaches for homeowners. With metal roofing ventilation is a breeze. A metal roof takes in cool air through a home’s soffit and expels hot damp air through vents installed on the ridge of the roof. We all know that hot air rises, ridge vents prevent that hot air from sitting at the peak of your roof.
Weather Extremes: I saw first hand how well metal roofing performs in extreme weather. Early this year an EF3 tornado with winds estimated at 155mph hit the towns of Ottawa and Naplate Illinois. Many homes suffered catastrophic damage. The homes two to four blocks away from the tornado while still standing, also suffered damage. Most of the asphalt roofs were missing numerous shingles. The metal roofs, on the other hand, looked untouched except for one that looked to have some impact damage from either flying debris or the baseball size hail that hit the same area. Most metal roofs have wind ratings up to 140 to 150 mph. Depending on the metal type, impact resistance varies.
Appreciation and Reduction: Metal roofs are highly valued in the home resale market. Homeowners with metal roofs looking to sell can expect to see higher appraisal values and a high return on investment for their metal roof. Also, depending on your insurance carrier, you may see a decrease in insurance premiums. If you’re currently in the market for a new roof, call your insurance company and find out if they offer any deductions for metal roofing.
Eco-Friendly: Metal is one of the easiest natural elements to recycle. That along with its lifespan makes metal roofing one of the most eco-friendly roofing materials. An asphalt roof typically last 1/3 of the lifespan of a metal roof.
Cost: Metal roofs aren’t cheap. A good rule of thumb to go by when looking at metal as a roofing option is to double the cost of what an asphalt roof would cost for your home. The good news is that when you combine some of the benefits we went over above, your new metal roof could potentially pay for itself over time.
Noise: This one is a bit tricky. Metal roofs, when installed properly, can often times be as quiet or quieter than a typical asphalt roof. When you’re talking with a metal roofing contractor be sure to bring up this topic. There are many ways to reduce noise and most contractors worth their salt will have this added to their estimate.
Movement: Metal expands and contracts with temperatures. Qualified installers take this into account when installing your metal roof, so as long as you have hired a professional, this should be no concern. Metal roofs are installed in such a way that they are able to expand and contract without reducing the integrity of your roofing system. This is why it’s important to hire a licensed and experienced metal roofing contractor.
Lightning: While metal is a great conductor of electricity, its vulnerability during a thunderstorm is typically no greater than roofs of other types. There are many factors that come into play with regards to lightning strikes. If your home’s roof is the highest point on your property then you would be at risk for lightning strikes regardless of roofing material.
Though expensive, metal roofing should be a consideration for all homeowners. Not only do they look great but their durability ensures that your home is protected from the elements for decades rather than years. Up front costs may sting, but the return on investment opportunities would negate initial costs over time. There are a few drawbacks, but by using a local metal roofing contractor you and your contractor can address the drawbacks and overcome most of them.
Are you in the market or interested in a metal roofing system? Toye Contracting your local metal roofing contractor would be happy to discuss your options with you. We can be reached by calling 844-733-8693 or by: clicking here