The Truth About Metal Roofing
When building a home or have found yourself in need of roof replacement, it is strongly advised to do thorough research on what the best fit for your style, needs, and budget are. Sometimes a heftier payment up front ends up saving you more money in the long run, roofing is no different. A common roofing material that gets overlooked for all the wrong reasons is metal roofing. Today, we are going to discuss common misconceptions, the truth about metal roofing, and some facts you may not know. We hope today you learn something new, and if metal roofing is something you would like to consider G&R Roofing would be happy to discuss questions, estimates, and scheduling. Let us save you money, protect your home, and love your investment.
MISCONCEPTION #1: Too Few Options
No matter your style of home from modern, colonial, or Victorian, metal roofing can be the hidden beauty atop your home. There are multiple styles of aluminum and steel roofing available in various styles to fit your home.
Metal Shingles – You won’t even be able to tell, the imitation is so perfect.
Metal Tile – If you have Spanish or Mediterranean style homes, this is an excellent choice. You can paint them or have them made from stone coated steel. This option is a higher-grade material so it’s more expensive than classic metal shingles.
Standing Seam Panels – The ideal contemporary option. Also, a perfect choice to protect again snow dams. Improve your curb appeal and reap the benefits of making your investment back.
MISCONCEPTION #2: Too Costly
At first glance, that misconception seems accurate, because the price tag is higher, but if you consider the lifespan of metal roofing compared to asphalt or tile, simple math with show that you save money in the long run. Keep reading to see why….
MISCONCEPTION #3: Metal is NOISY
All I can say is this misconception couldn’t be farther from the truth! In the roofing industry, metal roofing is known to be quieter than asphalt shingles. How, you ask; because there is solid sheathing attached to the underlayment that adds to the silencing effect.
MISCONCEPTION #4: Not Many Color Options
Again, wrong, metal roofing has more color options than your standard more traditional roofing material. There are over 100 color options for modern metal roof, as compared with 10-15 asphalt shingle color options. No matter your taste preferences, metal roofing can be your solution. Additional bonus, if you choose a metal roof color that is classified as Energy Star, cool rating, you can qualify for a federal tax credit and save money on your monthly energy bill.
MISCONCEPTION #5: Roofing Material Doesn’t Compare to Others
Reality is that as a premium quality roofing material, metal gets compared to slate, cedar shakes, and clay tile, let’s see how not only does metal compare and exceed, but isn’t as costly from a lifetime perspective (misconception #2).
Roofing material longevity, the long haul of making your money last – Cedar shakes start to rot after 20-years; slate and clay tile can last 50-100 years but crack and break randomly and that requires costly repairs. Also, the heaviness of slate and clay tile require additional special structural support before installation. The durability of metal roofing doesn’t break on impact (weather storms, trees, etc.), can handle being walked on, and now let’s break down that cost… Double the cost up front, but since they last 40-60 years, as compared to 12 to 20-years for asphalt shingles, you are paying 2-4 times the amount to repair the asphalt, whereas the metal is still solid. Don’t forget shingles are easily affected by the weather and critters, requiring repairs, again metal roofing withstands. It may not be quick, but you can bet you will spend a comparable amount if not more on your standard roofing as you did upfront for metal roofing. Pay more now and have less hassle for decades to come.
MISCONCEPTION #6: Can’t Handle Extreme Weather Conditions
Compared to other roofing material, it’s as if metal roofing was made just to handle inclement weather. Metal roofing exceeds all other roofing material options when discussing weather. It doesn’t dent from hail, tree branches. It doesn’t come apart from high winds (140mph wind rating). It handles lightning strikes. It handles wildfires (metal is non-combustible and carries highest fire rating of any material in the industry). It sheds snow quickly, preventing water back up and leaks. It’s an energy-efficient option because it reflects heat and doesn’t absorb it.
If after reading this you have verified the details through your due diligence of research and are now ready to buy and install your first metal roof, here are a few things we think you should know:
- Metal roofs should only be installed by proper roofing contractors with proper training, expertise, and years of experience, because improperly done the roof will develop leaks and cost thousands in repair or replacement.
- Seasons don’t impact installation, so you can install your new roof any time of year, which is uncommon for other roofing material
- Metal roofs don’t rot, split, crack, chip, dry-out, leak, or warp, as do the other roofing materials
- Metal isn’t affected by termite or rodent infestations
- Little maintenance is generally required, unless you have exposed fasteners on a corrugated style metal roof, then they need tightening every 10-15 years.
- Homes with metal roofs typically have 6% resale value gain over those with asphalt shingle roofs