Modern technology has changed many people’s opinions of roofing made of metal. In past years, metal roofs were made of tin and were not very durable. In more recent years technology has been able to change things. Now the metal that is used for roofing is extremely durable, lightweight and as it has always been, highly flame retardant.
Along with they good qualities mentioned above, metal also has a few other benefits. These roofs can stand up against strong winds, such as you might get from a hurricane or a tornado. They are also heat reflective, which is great in the summer time and can save you money on energy costs.
The fact that metal can be heated up to extremely hot temperatures is a really good quality for a roof. This means the roof is almost impossible to damage with heat. This particular quality can save you on your homeowners insurance and also raise the over all value of the home. Therefore if you ever decide to sell your home, you may get more money for it.
Because of the lightweight of the material, the roof will require fewer reinforcements. This will save money on construction costs. Or you could just lay the metal over the existing roof which will save you time and money on removing the original roof, or having a professional roofer remove it for you.
Another good thing about installing a metal roof is that it takes less time to install. The sheets of metal are usually big and cover a large area. On the other hand this can be a bad as well. If for some reason you need to replace a sheet, it can be difficult because of size. Also, if an addition is made to the home, it may be hard to find matching sheets of metal.
The biggest con in using metal roofing is the cost. The metal sheets tend to be very expensive. However, it is possible to find discounted metal sheets. And even though it is expensive to use, it may turn out to be worth the money in the long run because of the metal’s life span. You may find that the roof out lives the house.
Even though metal has not replaced traditional shingles as far as popularity, there are many reasons why people choose metal over traditional materials when building a home or replacing the roof on an existing home. And the biggest reason is the metal can last for many years to come.