Updating a home can be an exciting, but stressful project for any property owner. There are countless decisions to be made that go beyond the color of a room or style of kitchen cabinets. If your biggest concern is replacing an old roof, consider the benefits of a metal roof when making your final decision.
- Metal roofs areknown to withstand years of wear and tear and are lightweight compared to the traditional asphalt roofing.
- They have a typical lifespan of 30-60 years and depending on the type of metal roof you choose, it can require minimal maintenance during that time.
- Metal roofs can withstand 140 mph winds and can have minimal snow accumulation during the winter months as metal panels are patterned to be snow resistant and to have a firm, slippery surface.
- Warranty – Some metal roofs can have up to a 45-year limited warranty.
- Metal roofs reflect sunlight, keeping the inside of your home about 20% cooler. If you’re looking to cut utility costs, consider installing metal roofing with solar panels. Tesla recently released solar panel roofing that looks like typical tiles but has solar cells embedded throughout the material.
- Metal roofs are trendy now. Colorful trendy metal roofs will make your home stand out from the neighbors and will give your property a fresh, new look. Consider the color of your home before choosing a bold look for the roof. Remember you will have the roof for many years before you will have to replace it, choose something bold and trendy now might not be what you like later on.
Now, you know the many benefits of having a metal roof. Here then, we will give you some of the drawbacks as well.
- Cost– When considering buying a metal roof or replacing the one you have now, ask yourself whether the cost of a metal roof is worth it. Metal roofs can in some instances cost you double compared to the traditional asphalt shingles. If this is a starter home and you are planning on selling it in a few years, buying a metal roof might not be a financially responsible decision.
- Noise – Another important factor to consider when installing a metal roof is the level of noise it will bring into your home. There is no reason why your home cannot be as quiet with a metal roof as with an asphalt roof. Consider insulation, fastening your roof, or a roof underlayment that will help keep the noise to a minimum. Also, consider an impact-resistant material when choosing the type of roof you like.
Now that you know the many benefits, cost and noise associated with metal roofing, your decision now is simple. You have to choose the type of metal roof you want.
There are four basic types of metal roofing to choose from when deciding which one is the best alternative for you.
- The most common type is the standard seam, which are panels covering the roof and is fastened between the panels.
- Metal slates are a great option for those who love the look of singles or tile roofing, as they are designed similarly.
- Metal tile is a great replacement for concrete because they’re easier to handle and aren’t as easy to damage.
- Wooden shake roofs are desired by many people because of their rustic appeal, but the metal shake is a great alternative, with an authentic look that has the benefits of a steel roof.
Metal roofing offers plenty of options for the pickiest homeowners and even have room to brand out from the norm. No matter the style of roofing you choose, be sure to hire competent contractors who will help bring your vision to light.