Metal roofs are becoming more and more popular for many reasons. If you need to repair or replace your roof, it’s worth taking the time to learn more about the advantages of metal roofing over tile and asphalt shingles. Along with the practical benefits such as saving money every year and being eco-friendly, metal roofs are very attractive and come in a variety of colors. Since it lasts for years, a metal roof can increase the value of your home. There are so many other reasons to choose metal, starting with metal roofing often ends up being less expensive in the long run.
Lots of Colors and Textures to Choose From
With the huge variety of colors and textures that are available in metal roofing, you can stand out from the crowd or blend in with your surroundings. For example, a vibrant teal blue is unique and gives attractive curb appeal. Color is the trending component of both indoor and outdoor home décor. Earth tones are no longer considered the must-have roofing color option. If you love the appearance of clay tiles, wood, slate, or asphalt shingles, then you can have the best of both worlds, as metal roofing comes in several tile and shingle options.
Colors include vibrant reds and deep blues as well as natural copper, stainless steel, and titanium. Metal roofing offers a vast variety of colors compared to shingles, and homeowners are happy to express their individual style. Some tips for choosing the best color for your home include:
Choose the right color for your location. Lighter colors tend to keep the indoors cooler. If you want a dark color, then you can have it coated with a substance that allows it to keep the indoors cool and save energy.
Chose a color you can live with for years. As your new metal roof may last for up to 50 years, be sure you look at each color on your short list of colors in a different light as a color will look different in bright sunlight or on a cloudy day.
Be sure to check if there are any neighborhood guidelines in your area before selecting a color.
Metal is considered the most environmentally friendly, sustainable roofing material available today. The roofing contains 25 percent recycled material, and at the end of its life, it is 100 percent recyclable. Asphalt tiles also still rely on crude oil, maintaining dependence on fossil fuels. While they can be recycled, they contain chemicals that are toxic to the environment. Metal is much lighter than asphalt shingles, so homes can be constructed with lighter materials.
Although it's more expensive than common asphalt shingle initially, metal roofing often ends up being less expensive in the long run due to shorter install times and greater durability. It also offers a greater return on investment. According to the Department of Energy, a metal roof reflects sunlight, reducing the demand for cooling by 10–15 percent and in some cases even 25 percent. This means it takes less energy to keep your house the right temperature, provided there are no air leaks around windows and doors.
Another reason metal roofing often ends up being less expensive in the long run is that it is storm-resistant. It is not as vulnerable to wind, hail, or fire as other roofing is, and some home insurance companies offer a discount for homes with metal roofing. In many cases, the cost of the metal roof is recouped when the owner sells the house. It adds that much value to your home.
Metal Roof Myth Buster
One major myth is that metal roofs attract lightning. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Lightning will strike the tallest object because it is seeking a path to the ground. A metal roof is not grounded, so it is in no more danger from a lightning strike than a shingle roof. However, one benefit is if lightning does strike a metal roof, it will disperse the heat throughout the roof and be much less likely to result in damage or fire.
Metal roofs stay clean and are not affected by the growth of fungus, moss, and mildew. Metal roofs are easier to clean than other roofing materials. They also resist other things that attack wood and asphalt roofs. Moss and fungus can shorten your roof's lifetime by half and look unattractive in the process, thus damaging curb appeal. This is an especially important feature if you live in a wooded or moist area or are surrounded by landscaped gardens. These conditions contribute to moss and fungus growth on everything, including your roof.
The same is true for rodents and other small animals. They will not be able to damage a metal roof and dig their way into your home.
Metal roofs are naturally resistant to fire. They do not require any fire-resistant treatment that may wash away after some time. Almost every house has a risk of fire if not from a natural source such as a wildfire or lightning strike then from a neighbor’s house that is on fire. When sparks land on a metal roof, they cannot start to burn because the roof is non-combustible.
In addition, if a fire starts inside your home, a metal roof reduces the chance your roof will collapse. Heavy tiles and shingles will almost certainly collapse and, in many cases, firefighters will not go into a house that has a high risk of the roof falling. Metal gives you better protection and peace of mind.
If roofing that may last for 50 years with very little maintenance and may even help reduce your energy bills sounds like something worth having, then metal roofing is the right option for your new home or next roofing repair. When you do plan for a new roof, metal roofing offers a wide variety of colors and types that look like Spanish tile, asphalt shingles, or even wood. But you are not limited to just earth tones. Metal roofing comes in various shades of blue, green, red, gray, and more. Do you want a lightweight roof that looks like heavy, slick, slate shingles? Metal is the answer.
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