Let me guess, you have a wonderful home, but your roof is starting to show some signs of age with perhaps a few roof leaks starting to develop here and there. Lets face it, your roof is your first and only line of defense from the rain and snow, and natures’ elements. Obviously your roof plays a very important role protecting your home and you expect it to provide that same reliable protection for years to come. But, after some 12 to 17 years your aging roof has developed a few cracks in the asphalt shingle and you begin to wonder if it is time to get a new roof so that your home would be safe and protected by a great looking roof.
The scenario above is very plausible, indeed, and if you are one of the many homeowners faced with a dilemma of having to get a new roof for your home, you are likely in the process of researching various roofing options including asphalt shingles, and other viable alternatives including metal. As you probably already know, metal roofing boasts a great variety of colors, styles, and materials available in coated steel, aluminum, stainless steel, zinc, and copper. In terms of profiles, you can opt for traditional styles such as metal shingles and shakes that resemble the look of cedar. You can even get a metal roof that looks like natural slate.
For people who like the look of clean architectural lines, there is also an architectural metal roofing system called standing seam. Regardless of which particulat profile you end up selecting, you can put your outmost confidence in longevity and durability of metal. Afterall, metal roofs can last three times longer than conventional asphalt shingle roofs, provided that they were installed by specially trained installeres, for a metal roof will only be as good as the people who’ve installed it. For the value-minded homeowers, there is a more affordable, corrugaded metal roofing system to consider as an alternative to standing seam.
Metal vs. Shingles
Metal roofing offers many advantages and benefits compared to an asphalt shingle roof. For instance, metal roofs are fire retardant, which would keep your home safer if there ever was a fire in the forest or neighboring buildings. A metal roof can help keeping your home cool during the summer, which is great because now you can safe money on air conditioning costs, as well as do the right thing for the environment.
Green, Eco-Friendly, & Energy Efficient
Metal Roofing is fully recyclable at the end of its service life, which by the way, may outlast your home! Since metal roofing can be recycled, there will be no wasted materials going into the landfills, which is always the case with asphalt shingle roofs.
Energy Star-rated metal roofing is green building material, which means that materials being used are sustainable and safe for humans and the environment. The use of green building qualified materials also means that the materials used in your project will likely outlast most conventional building materials. In other words, because green building is all about efficient and sustainable use of resources. Did you know that roofing with metal can help you earn LEED green building credits for your new construction project, provided that you are building in accordance with green building practices.
As the owner of a new metal roof, you can now receive $500.00 in federal tax credits at the end of the year to encourage and reward homeowners for investing in an energy-efficient and long-lasting metal roof.
A metal roof also offers excellent return on the investment, which means that aside from the beautiful curb appeal, a metal roof will actaully appraise the value of home in the range of approximately 90 to 95 cents on a dollar spent. Not too bad considering the fact that you will be saving money on air conditioning costs, wile avoiding any unnecessary roof repairs and maintenance. Majority of modern metal roofing systems do not require any major maintenance.
Modern systems such as standing seam can be easily upgraded with roof-integrated solar PV panels. – Thic can help drastically reduce your electric bill and pay for itself in 7 to 10 years. Not too bad for somebody who plans to stay in their home for a while. Not to mention that there are also solar PV credits made available by the federal and state governments.
In a nutshell, metal roofing is a great investment for somebody who plans to stay in their home for a while, because eventually metal roof will pay for itself. The only drawback is that you can expect to pay more money upfront than you would for an asphalt shingle roof, but over time math will surely work in your favor. You can see the way it works by looking at the cost overtime. Clearly, metal roofing pros far outweigh cons, and it is really just a matter of how long you plan to stay in your home.