When it comes time to choose a material for a new roof, many homeowners completely overlook metal, opting instead for asphalt shingles or perhaps wooden shakes. There are a lot of untrue myths about metal roofs. For example, many people mistakenly believe that they'll get rusty a few years down the road, or that they're really expensive. These myths aren't true, and metal roofs don't really deserve their reputation as the least desirable of roofing choices. In fact, choosing a metal roof is one of the most eco-friendly, cost-effective choices you can make for your home. Here are the facts to prove it:
Metal roofs are typically made from recycled material.
Most contain 95% of recycled content. This cannot be said of asphalt shingles or wooden shakes. When you choose a metal roof, you are requiring the use of very little new material. Thus, your carbon footprint is minimized. If your metal roof ever needs to be replaced, it is 100% recyclable -- it won't sit in a landfill like traditional roofing shingles would.
Metal roofs reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Your energy costs may be up to 20% lower with a metal roof than with a conventional asphalt roof. This is partially because the metal reflects the hot sunlight more effectively than other roofing materials, and partially due to the built-in airspace that acts as a barrier between the metal roof and underlying materials. Your air conditioner and furnace don't have to work as hard when you have a metal roof, which may help extend their lifespan, saving your money on replacements and repairs.
Today's metal roofs are rust-resistant.
Decades ago, many metal roofs did rust because they were made from plain aluminum. However, today most are now made from, or at least coated with, a zinc-aluminum alloy that does not rust. Every 10 years or so, you will need to have your roof re-coated with a rust-protector. With this small amount of maintenance, your roof should stay rust-free for 50 or more years.
You probably will never have to replace your metal roof.
Asphalt roofs last about 20 years on average. Metal roofs, however, last at least 50 years, and sometimes much longer, depending on the climate. Unless you're very young and plan on living in the same home until you pass away, this likely means never having to replace your roof again. You won't have the headache of getting estimates from several contractors, writing a big check to the roofing company, or choosing a roof color ever again, unless you move. Most metal roofs come with a 40-year warranty, so even if your roof does need repairs, chances are you won't have to come up with any cash to make them.
You can customize your metal roof to match your home.
When many people think of metal roofs, they picture unsightly, shiny metallic slabs. While you can certainly choose this look if you're going for a modern, industrial look, it's easy to customize your metal roof so that it coordinates better with your home's exterior. You can have it painted virtually any color, and there are even patterned metal roofs that are designed to resemble shingles or wooden shakes, if you prefer a more traditional look. Keep in mind that light-colored metal roofs are the best choice if you're seeking an energy-efficient design, since they reflect more sunlight than darker roofs.
If your roof is in need of replacing, be sure to get a few estimates for metal roofs. They're lightweight, so they're compatible with most home structures, and although they may cost a little more than asphalt shingles up-front, you'll reap the benefits over the next 50 years or more. Contact a roofing company like Acoma Roofing today to schedule a metal roof installation for your home.Share
13 January 2015
When was the last time you really looked at your roof? I had no idea how important yearly inspections of my roof was until I found myself footing the bill for a full roof replacement and interior ceiling replacement. Since then, I have learned how to inspect my own roof twice each year. I always inspect it each spring after the harsh winter elements have gone away and again in the fall before winter weather sets in. You can use the information compiled on my website to inspect the roof on your home and make the small repairs that will save you from full roof replacement.