One of the most dreaded pieces of news a homeowner can receive is that the roof needs major repairs -- or worse, that it needs to be replaced altogether. If your roof is beginning to show signs of wear and tear, you may be better off having it replaced altogether than patching it together on an as-needed basis. Selecting the right roofing materials ensures a problem-free roof for decades, so if it's time to put that old roof out to pasture, consider replacing it with metal. Although metal roofs remain relatively uncommon among new and existing constructions, more and more homeowners are beginning to realize their advantages. Following are just four of the benefits of replacing an existing roof with metal roofing materials.
Roofs are one of the most vulnerable parts of the home when it comes to fire. Airborne ashes that land on roofs crafted from combustible material can quickly ignite them, and the same danger exists from sparks produced by interior wood-burning fixtures such as fireplaces and wood stoves. Metal materials used for roofing are usually given a Class A fire rating; however, if you decide to have your metal roof installed over wood shingles, you may be given a Class C fire rating instead. Depending on the average fire danger where you live, you may receive a significant discount on your homeowner's insurance if your roof is given a Class A fire rating. Check with your insurance agent before making a final decision -- if you live in a coastal rain forest area, for instance, your risk of fire may be low enough that roofing material options won't affect your insurance premiums.
Longevity and Durability
Metal roofs last longer than their asphalt counterparts -- some companies even offer lifetime warranties on their metal roofing materials, so be sure to discuss this possibility with your contractor when you're discussing material options. Metal is resistant to the typical maladies that routinely plague roofs, such as the development of moss, lichen, mold, mildew, and algae colonies, and it's also less likely to be damaged by dramatic weather such as hail, rainstorms, and heavy snowfall.
Reflective metal roofing materials can result in substantial savings on utility costs, particularly if you live in an area where warm summer temperatures necessitate the use of interior air conditioning. You might be able to save as much as 40 percent on utility costs by having a metal roof installed, and you'll also be doing your part to keep the production of greenhouse gasses down. If you live in an area were summer warmth isn't as big an issue as winter cold, you can choose to install metal roofing in a dark color so that it will draw the sun's warmth to its surface, therefore providing your home interior with a bit of extra warmth and preventing heat loss on cold days.
Even if your home is built in a rustic style that cries out for cedar shakes on the roof, you can still enjoy the benefits of metal roofing materials because these materials are available in styles that realistically replicate cedar shakes as well as a variety of other roofing options. It is possible to get a metal roof that looks like stone, slate, wood, or clay. It is also available in any color imaginable, allowing you to coordinate your new roof with the existing color scheme of your home exterior.
Your local roofing contractor from a company like A-1 Roofing & Siding will be able to fill you in on other benefits to opting to replace your old, falling-apart roof with a brand new metal roof.Share
28 October 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.