A Guide To Metal Roofing

If you need to install or replace a roof, then you have a lot of options to choose from. It can be pretty overwhelming to make such a decision, so here's some basic information on one of your options: metal roofs.

Why get a metal roof?

Metal roofs have a number of advantages over other materials. Metal roofs tend to last longer, are better at maintaining the temperature of your home, and are generally better for your wallet in the long term.

  • Longevity - With metal, you can expect your roof to last around 50 years, as long as you maintain it properly. This is significantly longer than the average lifespan for asphalt. While this is a shorter lifespan than slate and clay, metal will cost less than either of those for the following reasons.
  • Climate Control - Metal is a pretty good choice if you are interested in energy efficiency for your home. A properly installed metal roof will actually reflect a significant portion of the sunlight that hits your roof. During summer, this can be incredibly useful, since it can reduce the need for air conditioning. While this is ultimately good for your comfort, it's also a big boon to your bank account. Better insulation means much lower cooling costs, especially if you live in a climate that has a lot of sunlight and hot summers.
  • Cost Effectiveness - While it may cost more to install metal roofs, the above factors help increase cost effectiveness as time goes on. A bigger upfront cost may be entirely offset by your HVAC savings, when comparing a metal roof to other options. In the other direction, while metal may have a lower lifespan than slate, it costs a lot less upfront.

What do you need to watch out for when you get a metal roof?

There are a couple of big benefits that metal roofs have when it comes to damage resistance. First of all, sheet metal roofs are very good at resisting strong winds due to how they are designed. These roofs consist of large sheets that are arranged in an overlapping fashion. Ultimately, it's a lot harder for the wind to displace these sheets of metal than it is for wind to move asphalt shingles and other roofing materials. Similarly, metal roofs are a bit more durable than other options. While shingles might break when something hits your roof, metal will likely only be dented.

However, there is a downside to that: damage to a sheet metal roof likely means that you will need to replace an entire sheet. For shingled roofs, damage to a single shingle is localized and can be replaced fairly easily by a roofing repair specialist. With sheet metal, you will likely need to replace an entire sheet if the damage is bad enough.

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