The roofing market has a lot to offer the consumer today. You’ll find many different kinds of roofing solutions, starting with the materials. And while asphalt shingles may be your first choice for a new roof, you would be wise to consider the increasing popularity and benefits of metal roofing for your home.
Metal Roofing is Durable and Long-Lasting
It comes as no surprise that metal is stronger and more durable than traditional roofing products, like asphalt shingles. Perhaps one of the biggest differences between metal roofing and shingles is the length of its life. For metal roofing, it’s expected that metal roofing should last at least 50 years until signs of degradation begin to show. Different metal materials, such as copper and zinc, have even been known to last 100 or more years in some instances.
Metal Adds Energy Efficiency to Your Home
A metal roof can easily help save as much as 25% off of your annual home energy bill, and help reduce your building’s overall energy waste. In fact, according to a US independent report by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, homeowners can save up to 40% in home cooling costs in the summer, and 10-15% in home heating costs, based on a strapping system of 4 inches between the plywood and the metal on top.
Metal is Low Maintenance
The level of upkeep needed to maintain a metal roof is generally minimal. The manufacturer’s maintenance guide will provide instructions on how to care for your new roof, but general upkeep would include removing leaves, branches, and other debris that could get stuck on the roof and in the gutters. In general, it’s good practice to this about twice a year and after strong storms.
Metal Roofing Costs More Upfront, But …
The cost of metal roofing is typically higher than the cost of the more traditional roofing solutions. However, when coupled with factors of longevity, a metal roof is commonly less expensive in the long run. A metal roof may last up to 60 years, while an asphalt shingle roof commonly has to be replaced every 15-20 years.
Installation is Key – That’s Why You Need Roof Authority
Finding a qualified and experienced metal roofing contractor or installer will make or break an installation, especially since nearly all potential problems with metal roofing stem from some kind of installer error. When compared to shingle roofing installers, there are significantly fewer installers who are equipped and skilled at installing metal roofing. That’s why you need Roof Authority. We are experienced in a variety of residential and commercial metal roofing products and installation. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of metal roofing or to get a quote for a new metal roof.