posted on May 08,2018
Once it’s time for a new roof, there are a lot of decisions that have to be made, not the least of which is the material to choose. Two of the most popular roofing materials on the market are metal and asphalt, and both offer different pros and cons. Your budget, location, and desired aesthetic are main elements in making this decision.
First, let’s look at metal roofs:
-Lightweight: metal roofs are made of steel or aluminium which is lighter than most roofing materials, making it much easier for the installers to carry up as well as reducing the amount of weight put on the the frame and structure of the house.
-Longevity: most metal roofs last around 30 to 50 years, but some metals, such as copper, can last 100 years or more
-Fewer long-term costs: your metal roof shouldn’t need much maintenance over the course of its lifetime, which can last 2-3 times your average asphalt shingle roof’s lifetime. The overall cost will go down as the years go on because there will be more expenses associated with asphalt roof replacement
-Fire resistance: most metal roofing is Class A fire-rated and non-combustible, meaning that it is the most fire resistant material available.
-Weathering performance: metal is designed stand up to many climates and weather conditions. Among others, metal performs well against strong winds, rain, snow, hail/ice, and extreme temperatures. -Environmentally friendly: metal is easy and accessible to recycle, making it a much more eco-friendly option than other materials. They can also be fabricated from recycled materials. -Energy efficiency: there are many ways that a metal roof can help you reduce your energy bill. Look into cool roofing, materials that can release absorbed heat, or options that come with Energy Star approved colors and finishes. Metal roofing also works well with solar panels. Increased property value: a metal roof is appealing to buyers, especially if it is newer and they may never need to replace it.
-Low maintenance: as long as you hire a reliable company to install your roof, there should be minimal maintenance needed to keep it in great shape. It’s very hard to get a leak, and there shouldn’t be much weather damage. Most upkeep would involve checking for leaves and debris a few times a year or after major storms.
-Roofing Over or Retrofitting Over Old Roof: one way to save with metal roofing is by roofing over or retrofitting on top of an existing roof. This helps cut down on tear-off costs and reduces waste.
-Insurance Benefits: most insurance companies will offer a discount to homeowners who have metal roofs because they are proven against weather, fire, and leaks, among other things. Check with your insurance company if you’d be able to get a lower premium by adding a metal roof to your home.
-Variety of Looks: metal roofs come in a variety of profiles i.e. standing seam, batten seam and soldered flat seam copper
-Long warranty: many metal manufacturers offer long warranties because of the expected lifespan of metal roofs. Most of those warranties are also transferable from homeowner to homeowner.
-Higher one-time cost: dollar for dollar up front, metal roofs cost more than asphalt shingles. Both the materials and the labor tend to cost more, which is the major reason for the price difference.
-Limited qualified contractors: metal roofs are slightly more complicated to install than asphalt roofs, which is particularly significant when you consider that most issues with metal roofs stem from installation errors. This means there are fewer companies with the ability to install them properly.
-Difficult to repair: because they come in large sheet panels, it is harder and more costly to repair a metal roof. In order for a small issue to be fixed, the entire panel needs to be replaced.
Posted on May 08,2018 in Roof
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