Metal roofing is not just for warehouses and old barns – they are becoming increasingly popular for residential homes in most of America. For years, asphalt shingles have been the favored choice, but there are some frustrating issues with asphalt shingles – one of them being the fact that they usually last no longer than fifteen years, so many homeowners have to replace their roof three times in a lifetime, at upwards of $10,000 per new roof. That means a lot of landfill waste as well – although asphalt may degrade more quickly than metal, it’s still going to be laying in a landfill for years.
In addition, metal roofing may assist with heating and cooling costs as compared to asphalt roofing shingles. This is also an environmental benefit that many feel is invaluable. Tin roofs last for an average of 60 years, so most homeowners will never have to replace their roof after the first time.
Many people report that they have enjoyed lowered home insurance rates as a result of metal roofs – some reporting up to 30% savings.
However, these benefits come at a price – metal roofs cost approximately three times what an asphalt shingled roof costs. Over a lifetime, this may more than pay for itself, but many people only plan to stay in their home for a decade or so before they move elsewhere or to a larger home. Although the amount of homeowners choosing metal roofing has increased from 5% to 15% over the past two years, it is still not a popular choice and some potential buyers may not like the look, although some buyers may prefer the look.
Metal roofs can come in sheets or in shingles and can be painted colors that are pleasing to the eye. However, it’s important to remember that metal roofs can be noisy. Some may love the ambiance, but others may find themselves unable to sleep during a rainstorm.
They are also vulnerable to hailstorms, but tend to hold up better in higher winds than asphalt.
Because they are not as popular as asphalt shingled roofs, repairing a metal roof may be more difficult and more costly. They are not flammable, but may be very difficult for firefighters to access if the dwelling below them catches fire.
Although nearly all new homes still get asphalt shingles, it is believed that metal roofs will continue to decrease and price and become more popular in the coming years. If you are in the market for a new roof, metal roofs are worth looking into.
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