Metal Roof 101: What you need to know
Asphalt shingles sure have come a long way from the boring old three tabs. Today, homeowners have a wide variety of options when choosing new shingles for their roof. Dimensional architectural shingles can be seen on the majority of homes in most neighborhoods. These are much better looking when compared to three tab shingles. There are even shingles designed to look like slate, tile and shake. BUT, there is one roofing option that these new shingles just can’t compete with when it comes to increasing your homes beauty… Metal Roofs.
Metal Roofs: A brief history
Metal roofs have been around for a long time. They are still quite popular on old barns, warehouses, schools, mountain homes, and even lake houses. Today’s custom homes often have full metal roofs or at least metal roof porches that make them stand out from others in their neighborhood. In addition to their uniqueness and beauty metal roofs also offer several other appealing factors.
Benefits of a Metal Roof
First, metal roofs are Eco-friendly. It’s something we roofers are much more conscious of when building & remodeling homes in today’s era of high energy prices and conservation. They are manufactured using anywhere from 25%-95% recycled content. And, to take it a step further, when a metal roof has reached the end of its life, the materials are 100% recyclable. Metal roofs are also 10-25% more energy efficient than traditional asphalt shingle roofs. When radiant barrier decking is installed, the number is even higher. So with metal, you have a roof that is 100% recyclable and cuts down on energy consumption. Metal roofs are also more fire resistant than traditional shingles. Now that’s we call Eco-friendly!
Metal roofs are a more durable, long lasting option than most traditional shingle roofs. Lifespans can range from 40 – 70 years, depending upon the type of metal installed. Metal roofs don’t corrode, crack or blister. They even require less maintenance. To top it all off, they also have a higher wind rating and are more impact resistant. These are very important things to consider when you live in areas, like Atlanta, that experience hail storms and tornadoes on a regular basis.
The Cost of a Metal Roof
This all sounds good, doesn’t it? But… how much does a metal roof cost? Yes, most metal roofs, on average, do cost more than shingle roofs by around 30%-40%. However, most shingle roofs will not increase the energy efficiency of your home like metal. They also do not provide as high of a return on investment as a metal roof will provide with the extended life and reduction in maintenance.
What’s the best thing about metal roofs, you ask? In our humble opinion, metal roofs are the most attractive roof you can put on your home. They come in a wide variety of materials like tin, zinc, copper and galvanized steel. The color options are so much nicer and stand apart from shingle roofs. They can be made to look like shingles, tile, shake and panels. Additionally, metal roofs make great accent pieces on dormers, front porches and decks.
Roof Authority is Atlanta’s premier residential metal roofing contractor. We offer a wide variety of metal roofing materials and have installers specially trained in metal roofing installation. We can assist you in choosing the type, color and design of your new metal roof from start to finish. Visit our home page or fill out our simple contact form and we will be happy to provide you with a free estimate for your new metal roof.
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