If you are in the market for a new roof for your home, consider other options rather than just settling for asphalt. One type of roofing that has gained huge popularity and has seen consistent annual industry growth, is metal roofing. Metal roofing that is available today is modernized and comes in a variety of styles and options to match the design of your home. This type of roofing aids in increasing energy efficiency, which can be beneficial to you in the long run. Metal roofing may therefore be the best option, whether you are building a new house from the ground up or remodeling your current home.
How Does Metal Roofing Work?
Metal Roofing can be used in place of traditional asphalt roofing. It usually comes in large sheets, but some varieties are available that resemble standard asphalt shingles. Metal roofing consists of copper, zinc, tin, steel, aluminum, and hybrid metal mixtures. The finished product is treated with a specialized coating to deflect heat, prevent rust, and seal the material to prevent any moisture damage.
The metal roofing market has grown considerably and now stands at an annual market value of $3.3 billion in the U.S alone. This industry growth includes both residential and commercial properties. Manufacturers are providing consumers with a variety of options to suit every taste, style, and budget. Time for a new roof? Here are seven reasons why metal roofing should be at the top of your list of options.
Metal Roofing Provides Excellent Value for Money
When comparing the price of a metal roof with asphalt shingles, you will note that it is more expensive at first. According to HomeAdvisor, metal roofing costs between $120 to $900 per square foot, where asphalt will cost you between $70 and $160 per square foot. It is therefore important to note that metal roofing has a much longer life expectancy, which will save you money (and time) in the long run. A metal roof will protect your home for anything between 40 to 70 years, versus asphalt shingles, which last about 12 to 20 years. Some homeowners may have to replace their roof anything between two to five times, in the same timeframe where metal roofs may only start showing signs of wear and tear.
Metal Roofing is Fire Resistant and Strong
Asphalt shingles have been known to fly off the roof during strong winds and they frequently sustain hail damage. Aside from the fiberglass types, asphalt is not fire resistant and shingles easily fall prey to mildew or mold growing due to moisture accumulation. Metal roofing, however, can withstand a variety of difficult situations, is not affected by moisture accumulation and is fire resistant. Therefore, even though a significant hailstorm could cause some minor denting, your metal roof will hold up far better when it comes to harsh weather and nature’s extreme elements.
Metal Roofing Respects the Environment
Metal roofing is completely recyclable, and manufacturers use about 25% to 95% recycled components in the manufacturing process. This then explains why metal roofing was named one of the greenest roofing materials available, as per the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
In addition to the high content of recyclable materials during the production process, metal roofs can be resealed after a considerable time has passed, instead of needing to be replaced. Furthermore, it is doubtful that metal roofing sheets will end up in a landfill after replacement, as there is always a need and value attached to metal components.
Metal Roofing Is Energy Efficient
For homeowners who want to maximize their property’s energy efficiency, installing a metal roof is a great way to achieve this. One study found that a metal roof can effectively reduce your energy costs by 40% in the summer and can help achieve up to 15% cost savings in the winter. This was based on an evaluation that made use of a four-inch strapping system – horizontal boards between the plywood base and the metal sheets – in combination with a light color finish, such as white, light green or light blue. When compared to asphalt shingles, metal roofs are generally 50 to 60 degrees cooler, as they deflect harsh sunlight, rather than absorbing it and letting it filter down into the house.
Metal Roofing Increases your Home’s Value
When you take into account that metal roofing can raise the value of your home by anywhere from 1% to 6%, it becomes even easier to justify the initial installation cost. According to Home Guides, it is estimated that homeowners will recover an average of 85.9% of the investment they made into metal roofing. Homeowners based in the eastern parts of the country can see an even higher return with an average of around 95.5%. Regardless of whether you are planning to stay in your home for the next 5 or 50 years, investing in metal roofing offers some noteworthy cost-effective advantages and good overall value for money.
Metal Roofing Can Reduce Insurance Premiums
When you install a metal roof on your home, you may be eligible for a reduction on your homeowners insurance. Some homeowners prefer metal roofing for a variety of reasons, but primarily due to its durable nature, being less susceptible to weather damage.
There are insurance firms who offer homeowners with a metal roof a reduction of up to 35% of their policy premiums. Check to see if your coverage offers this kind of reduction and how much you could save. Alternatively, if you have made up your mind to install a metal roof and your insurance company does not offer you a reduction, switch to another that does.
Metal Roofing Can Be Installed Over Your Existing Roof
You may be able to save money on the construction cost of a new metal roof by having it installed directly over existing asphalt shingles. This would of course depend on your local building codes, which need to be checked. Since the shingles don’t need to be removed, this method will significantly reduce labor costs. This particular installation is done by making use of a strapping system. One important aspect of this type of installation is that your existing roof will need to be thoroughly inspected, to ensure it is in good health. You want to avoid trapping existing issues, like moisture build-up or pests like rodents.
Stanley Roofing Company can assist you with your residential roofing requirements. We are a roofing company that specializes in all types of roofing. Contact Stanley Roofing Company today for professional advice or provide you with an on-site estimate.