Thinking about a new roof for your home? Chances are you may not have considered a metal roof, but maybe you should. Metal roofing has some distinct advantages that have made it a popular choice for commercial and industrial buildings for years, but these advantages apply to residential roofs, as well. In fact, as the benefits of metal roofing have become more and more well-known, and as new technology has enhanced its curb appeal, residential roofing has become the fastest-growing segment of the metal roofing market.
So what are some of these benefits?
- Metal roofs are extremely light weight, yet the strength-to-weight ratio is very high. This is one major reason why metal roofs are found on virtually all large buildings.
- They’re fire, spark, wind, hail, and snow resistant.
- Some of the more reflective metal roofs are energy efficient and can significantly reduce air conditioning costs.
- They’re extremely durable. Metal roofs tend to last MUCH longer than asphalt roofs, and in fact, most come with a lifetime warranty.
- Metal roofs generally require little maintenance. In fact, if covered with long-life paints such as Kynar, metal roofs generally won’t need maintenance until the paint fails.
- The coatings on metal roofs make them suitable for various environments.
- They’re flexible in design and installation, and they’re labor efficient.
- They’re good for the environment! Many metal roofs, particularly aluminum and copper, are made from recycled material. And these roofs can be recycled over and over again.
- Metal roofs just plain look good! Prefer the look of shingles, tile, or wood shakes? Metal roofing can be made to look just like them. And metal will continue looking terrific for a much longer period of time.
Metal Standing Seam Roof
Metal Tile Roof
Metal Shingles Roof
Metal roofing primarily comes in two different types: Corrugated galvanized steel and aluminum. Steel roofing is less expensive than aluminum and is found virtually everywhere. Aluminum roofing, although more costly, is lightweight, long-lasting, and corrosion-resistant. Which roof type is best for your structure depends on many factors, not the least of which is climate. For example, in salty climates near the ocean, aluminum roofing is often the metal of choice.
In terms of cost, metal roofing is about middle of the scale; it’s more expensive than asphalt, but more affordable than slate or tile. Considering its durability and other benefits, metal roofing’s value for the dollar is great, however.