Replacing a roof is not something anyone does for fun. It’s a major outlay of time and expense, not to mention discomfort for you and your family while the work is completed. Metal roofing is an option you may want to consider, since zinc or steel roofing has many advantages over asphalt and wood shingles or clay tiles. Metal roofs are long lasting, resistant to weather and high winds, and non-combustible. They come in a range of designs and colors to match your home and property. For more information on residential metal roofs and their suitability for your home, it may help to talk over your options with a roofing contractor.
- Metal roofing is long lasting
Metal roofs typically last three to seven times longer than asphalt shingles. Most metal roofs have a lifespan of 50 years or more, provided they are maintained properly. Some steel roofs with an aluminum-zinc alloy coating can last up to a hundred years. Metal roofs do need maintenance, like repainting when the original coating wears off. But they’re not subject to other kinds of damage and decay. Unlike wood and asphalt, they won’t crack or crumble, or blow off in a storm.
- Metal roofing is weather resistant
Metal roofing is stronger and lighter than other roofing materials like asphalt, wood or clay. It typically has a wind rating of 140 miles per hour (mph). This protects your home from major damage. There is no longer a danger of shingles or tiles being blown off during a storm to cause damage below. Missing tiles and shingles also lead to leaks and water damage. This problem is minimized or eliminated altogether with metal roofing materials.
- Metal roofing is environmentally friendly
Metal roofs can be made from as much as 30 to 60% recycled materials. And they are completely, 100% recyclable, unlike asphalt roofing which goes to the landfill at the end of its service life. Further, metal roofs provide much better insulation for the house and can reduce home energy bills by as much as 25%.
- A wide range of colors and designs
Residential metal roof materials come in a large variety of designs and colors. The two basic shapes are vertical panels and interlocking shingles. The shingles can be designed to look like wood or asphalt shingles or even clay tiles. They will be lighter and stronger than those materials. Metal roofing offers a choice of more than a hundred colors, with standard, premium and customized options. That’s a far larger choice of colors than found in asphalt shingles for roofs, which only have around 15 to 20 standard color choices.
To add to the factors listed above, consider the fact that metal roofing materials are also cheaper than the other kinds. You will see that installing a metal roof is a solid investment in your house. Replacing your roof is a major project and choosing the right materials is an important decision. It’s one you should make only after discussing the matter thoroughly with your family members as well as expert roofing contractors.