When you are considering roofing for your home or you want to have a professional roofing replacement, there’s a lot to think about – like materials, style, cost, and installation. When weighing your options, metal roofing systems provide an alternative to traditional asphalt shingles. Here’s what to think through before you make your decision:
Benefits of Metal Roofing
Longevity, energy efficiency, and a lower environmental impact are just some of the benefits of choosing a metal roof.
Although the initial cost of a metal roof is more than traditional asphalt, so is its lifespan. Metal roofs can last 30 to 50 years longer than other roofing materials, saving you money in the long-term. ) Plus, cool-metal roofing uses a reflective solar coating designed to minimize heat buildup and reduce air conditioning costs. (Another money-saver!)
Every year, about 13.2 million tons of asphalt roofing shingle waste is generated across the United States, making metal an environmentally friendly option to consider. They are also 100% recyclable and are made with a minimum of 25% recycled material, depending on the type of metal.
Different Styles of Metal Panels
Metal options come in two general styles: vertical panels and interlocking shingles. Both styles offer a range of colors to complement the style of your home. Metal roofs come in more than 100 colors, while standard shingles typically provide 15-20 color options. Vertical panels use metal-standing seams, while metal-stamped panels are meant to match the look of traditional roof materials.
Is it More Expensive?
You can expect your new roof to cost roughly two to three times what an asphalt shingle roof costs. Metal roofing installation is more expensive compared to other roofing systems because it requires special training, knowledge, tools, and equipment. Installation costs are impacted by the complexity of the roof, things like slope and rooflines play a role in the overall installation cost.
Your metal choice can also affect the price. Copper is typically the most cost-prohibitive, so it’s often used for architectural details/accents – think bay windows, porches, or low slope sections – instead of a whole roof.
Although the materials and installation of metal roofs are expensive, there are benefits to the price. They typically come with a longer warranty, 30 to 50 years, and need to be replaced less often. They even keep your home cooler.
Is Metal Roofing Energy Efficient?
Metal is one of the most energy efficient roofing materials available and can save your home up to 40%in energy savings. There are different finish options that can provide additional energy benefits. The basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect more solar radiation than an asphalt roof, which typically absorbs and holds heat. But, for homes in warmer climates, pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed.
Are There Any Maintenance Considerations?
Good news: Metal roofs are resistant to things like mildew, insects, and rot. But just because metal roofs last longer than asphalt shingles, that doesn’t mean they’re maintenance free.
Aluminum and copper are softer than steel, so, therefore, they’re more likely to dent. You should try to keep tree limbs from rubbing against the metal, which can damage its finish. The same goes for your gutter, which can accumulate debris.
Get the Right Coverage for Your Roof
While it’s possible to save over a period of months or years to replace an old roof, sudden damage from something like a windstorm doesn’t give you that option. That’s why it’s so important to have the right homeowners insurance.
Replacing a roof is one of the most expensive home projects any homeowner will ever face. Depending on the size, material and slope of your roof, AngiesList.com reports that it usually costs between $4,900 and $14,100 to replace a roof.