It’s very possible you’ve been hearing more about metal roofing recently, and for good reason — this material is quickly becoming known for being the most eco-friendly, durable, and longest-lasting roofing material on the market.
Here’s a guest post from Paul Kazlov and MRA contractor member Global Home Improvement with thoughts on why metal roofing is becoming so popular, and why this is one investment you seriously need to consider for your home.
As people become more aware of their environmental impact, creating a “greener” home is becoming a priority. Metal roofing is usually made with a substantial percentage of recycled material, and it can be recycled again once its life as a roof is over. The material is also extremely lightweight and causes fewer emissions to be released in production and transport than with wood or asphalt. Finally, metal roofing is also extremely energy efficient because of its high solar reflexivity. During the summer, the roof is able to dissipate heat much more quickly than other materials, which means your home won’t get so hot and cause you to crank up your AC. This translates to huge savings on your energy bill — if that’s not a great reason to make the switch, we don’t know what is!
While the average lifespan of metal roofs is 50 years or more, many can last much longer. In fact, many historic buildings around the world still have their original metal roofs, which can be a few centuries old! Compare that with the average lifespan of wood and asphalt, which is typically about 15-20 years — not to mention that these materials require frequent and costly maintenance in between. So, it’s not surprising to see what metal roofing is an increasingly popular choice for people who are planning to stay in their homes for decades to come. You’ll virtually never have to worry about your roof again!
So, why do metal roofs last so long? Metal is inherently impervious to water, and additional coatings help ensure that both rain and snow roll off with ease. This is particularly important for areas with high snowfall, as you won’t have to worry about heavy pileups threatening the structural integrity of your home. And, because of the way metal shingles interlock, your roof will be virtually resistant to moisture, along with the rot, mold, and leaks they can cause. Finally, metal is non-combustible, so it won’t ignite due to fire or lightning strikes. The only real maintenance you’ll need to worry about is clearing away any debris and cleaning out your gutters, which can retain water and cause corrosion over time.
It’s true that the initial cost of metal roofing can be two to three times more than wood or asphalt. But, it’s important to understand that you’ll be saving far more money over time. Consider the life cycle cost. A metal roof should last the life of your house whereas you can expect to replace a wood or asphalt roof several times over the years — this alone pays for the upfront cost. Because there is also virtually no maintenance and repair costs are far lower than with other materials, you can expect to pay little to nothing after the initial installation as well, whereas wood and asphalt require costly upkeep. Finally, because metal roofs is far more energy efficient than other options, you’ll be saving big money on your energy bills. That all stacks up to make metal the most cost-effective roofing material on the market, and it’s little wonder to see why it’s quickly becoming the #1 choice of homeowners across the country.
With all of the benefits a metal roof provides, it’s easy to see why it’s becoming a popular choice for people looking to renovate or upgrade their homes. And, while there is an initial upfront investment, all of the advantages far outweigh the costs, and will even help save you money in the long term.
Paul Kazlov is a “green” home remodeling enthusiast and an industry pioneer for innovation in home renovation. Paul writes for the Global Home Improvement blog and strives to educate people about “green” products such as metal roofing and solar. Follow him on Twitter @PaulKazlov.