Installing a new roof is a huge investment of time and money. It needs to protect your whole home and stand up to the elements. Depending on what part of the country you live in, you may need to consider things like hail, high winds, heavy snow, or debris from overhanging trees.
If you’re concerned about the longevity and durability of your roof, you may want to consider getting a metal roof. We’ll look at the advantages of installing a metal roof so you can judge for yourself if it’s the right choice for you. A skilled and reputable roofing company can also help advise you on the best roofing material for your budget and your needs.
Advantages of a Metal Roof
Though they may not be for everyone, there are several advantages to installing a metal roof that you should consider.
Metal roofs are more resistant to hail, snow, and high winds than asphalt roofs, and many will come with the high impact rating of Class 4. Additionally, metal roofs are more likely to resist pests, mold and mildew, leaks, and fire damage. If they are properly sealed with a protective coating, they won’t rust or corrode, resulting in a stronger, long-lasting roof.
Roofs are expensive any way you cut it. Therefore, investing in a quality roof that you know will last for years can significantly reduce future costs and give you peace of mind that you won’t have to shell out thousands of dollars any time soon. Metal roofs can last over 50 years compared with standard asphalt shingles, which only give around 15 to 20 years. Furthermore, with an asphalt roof, you frequently have to replace missing or damaged shingles after extreme weather events adding to your expenses.
Metal roofs are one of the most eco-friendly materials on the market. Steel roofs are 100% recyclable, compared with asphalt roofs that use fossil fuels in the form of petroleum to make. Many new metal roofs also often contain around 25% recycled materials, making them even better for the environment. Additionally, since asphalt roofs need to be replaced more often than metal roofs, they contribute to increasing carbon emissions for each new set of shingles that has to be made.
Save Money on Insurance
Often homeowner insurance providers will provide discounts for metal roofs. Because many of these roofs are highly rated to withstand hail, wind, and other weather damage, you can frequently receive lower rates if you install one. Insurers know that quality material like this will reduce the number of claims they receive and ultimately reduce their payouts.
Metal roofs come with many options that can improve your home’s energy efficiency. By using a cool roof pigment, heat from the sun will be reflected off the roof, keeping your whole house cooler and lowering your energy usage. Even without an additional coating, metal performs better at releasing heat than asphalt shingles. The less heat that is allowed to get into your home, the lower your energy bills will be. Metal roofs can also help insulate your house by trapping heat inside in the winter months.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but once homeowners see the range of options available for metal roofing, they are impressed with the overall look compared with asphalt. Furthermore, there are even some metal designs that mimic the look of asphalt tiles, so you can have the increased durability of metal with the aesthetic you prefer
Metal Roof vs. Asphalt Roof
With all the advantages of a metal roof, it’s still important to highlight the benefits of a traditional asphalt roof. The number one advantage to using asphalt over metal is cost. Asphalt shingles are the more affordable option when it comes to roofing material, and we understand that not everyone is able to cover the higher upfront costs of metal.
Also, some people wish to avoid metal roofs because they can be louder during a particularly heavy rain or hail storm. Asphalt shingles can absorb the sound of hail better than metal can, but they are not nearly as durable. The increased noise can be mitigated by installing additional insulation above the sheathing to dampen the sounds.
Lastly, metal roofs are more likely to see damage like dents or dings that asphalt roofs are better at hiding. Usually, these dents do not impact the performance of the roof, only the aesthetic appeal. Choosing a material like steel over aluminum or copper will dramatically decrease the number of dents you’ll see.
Any home improvement or repair you make is a balancing act of immediate needs versus future needs, and a roof is no different. They are expensive, and while it may seem like a lot of money to pay upfront for a metal roof, knowing that you won’t have to replace it for up to 50 years will mean you’re watching out for your future finances. Metal roofs are hard to beat, but of course you’ll have to consider your ability to pay, the typical wear and tear that your home sees, and your future plans for your home.