Metal roofs have become popular in recent years, but are they right for your home? Learn the top benefits of metal roofs to decide whether to select a metal roof or asphalt roof when you need a roof replacement.
Top Benefits of Metal Roofs
Metal roofs offer superior longevity compared with other roofs because they last upwards of fifty years.
These roofs are eco-friendly: they’re made from up to 90 percent recycled metal, which can then be recycled again at the end of its lifespan. The nature of the metal roof reduces home heating and cooling costs, which means you consume less energy each month. By some estimates, metal roofs can reduce attic temperatures by one-third and cut home heating and cooling costs by 20 percent.
These roofs also offer superior protection against winds because they lock together in panels, versus shingles that overlap.
Metal is naturally fire resistant. A metal roof will not catch fire from an external spark, which can deliver peace of mind and protection.
Metal roofs come in a range of styles and finishes, so you’re sure to find something that complements your home. The two most common finishes are polyester and PVDF, which costs more but lasts longer. Polyester finishing can fade after 10 years, so we do not recommend it.
If you have full-sun exposure, you might select a finishing that includes heat-resistant pigments to bounce heat back into the atmosphere.
Metal Roof Considerations
While metal roofs have so many benefits, there are a few downsides to consider. The most notable is the cost: metal roofs cost much more than asphalt roofs, though of course you’ll have them for significantly longer. Financing options may help you afford a metal roof; over time, the cost of this investment pays for itself with reduced maintenance. Still, this is something that many customers delay looking into until they feel like they’ve found their forever home.
Some customers complain that metal roofs are noisier than asphalt roofs due to the nature of the material. If you’re highly sensitive to sounds like rain falling on a roof, you may prefer to avoid metal roofs.
Get a Quote for Roof Replacement
Whether you’re interested in a metal roof or an asphalt roof, look to Brandstetter’s KangaRoof for professional installation. To learn more or to get an estimate, please contact us today.