Is Metal Roofing A Good Choice For You?

Posted on: 21 April 2015

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If you are considering replacing or reshingling your roof, you've probably wondered if metal roofing is a good option for you. You may have even heard that it is good for some regions, but not for others. The truth is: metal roofing provides benefits for both cool and warm climates. Consider these facts about metal roofing before you make your final decision.

Initial Expense vs Long-term Expense

While the initial expense for metal roofing tends to be higher than other options, the cost depends on the type of metal you choose. Typical options include aluminum, galvanized steel and tin, also referred to as terne. Terne is the least expensive and lasts 40 to 50 year. Galvanized steel may run you $12,000 to $20,000, says Quality Smith.  It may last for up to 60 years. High-end metal roofing may cost anywhere from $25,000 to $40,000 explains Quality Smith. 

Because metal roofing lasts longer than many other roofing options, and it requires little maintenance and fewer roof repairs, you may save money in the long run if you choose metal roofing. It also reduces cooling costs in the summer by up to 40 percent. Over time, these savings make metal roofing an economical choice, particularly if you live in a warm climate.

Aesthetics

Some worry about the appearance of metal roofing and think it will look tacky or that it won't match the style of their home. The truth is, metal roofing comes in a variety of styles and colors and can even be painted to enhance your home's architecture. Although expensive, metal roofing can also be purchased in copper to give your home the old-world look and feel. Your roofing contractor will work with you to choose the color and type of metal to set your home off in style.

Durability & Maintenance

Metal roofs are extremely durable and resist damage from wind and weather. Although some have the tendency to dent from hail, high-quality roofs resist denting. If hail is a common occurrence in your location, choose metal roofing that can withstand hail. Your contractor can assist you in making this choice.

These roofs also resist the growth of moss, don't rust or rot and require very little maintenance. In addition snow and ice slide off the roof easily reducing the need to remove snow from the roof or worry about the danger of heavy snow loads. In areas with heavy snowfall, roofs generally remain clear, but they also create a huge pile of snow and ice on the ground under the eaves. This may mean moving shrubs or tender perennials to avoid damage from the snow and ice as it falls from the roof.

When it Rains

If you enjoy the sound of the rain on the roof, you are in luck. Many metal roofs enhance the sound of rainfall, creating a cozy atmosphere for cuddling up with a good book. If that's not your idea of a pleasant afternoon, don't worry. The sound of rain can be muffled by a good underlayment when the roofing is installed. If your home has an attic, the sound of the rain will be absorbed long before it reaches your living area, but don't worry, you can still create a reading nook in the attic or in rooms directly under the roof to enjoy the sound of the rain if you desire.

Many worry that metal roofing poses a danger for lightning strikes during thunderstorms. But this is just a myth. Lightning isn't any more likely to strike a metal roof than any other roof, because lightning strikes the highest point in the area, says Quality Smith. If you have trees or other objects higher than you home, they will attract a lightning strike first. Your contractor can, however, install a grounding system to prevent problems with lightning.

If you still aren't sure if metal roofing is for you, visit homes with metal roofs for yourself and talk to the owners to learn what they like and what they dislike about their roof. You may discover that metal roofing is the perfect solution for your home.