Most homes today have asphalt shingles on their roofs. These shingles are easy to install and inexpensive. However, they have a limited lifespan, and must be thrown away after they’re removed. By comparison, a well kept metal roof doesn’t have to be replaced every couple of decades, and if you do choose to remove it, the metal it’s made of can be recycled into other things. Rainwater than runs off of metal, and into your yard, isn’t contaminated the way it would be if it ran off of asphalt shingles, either.
Properly installed, a metal roof will last as long as the house and is fire, insect, mildew, and rot resistant. Metal roofs are a little heavier than conventional shingles, but much lighter than ceramic or concrete tile, or old fashioned slate shingles. If you like the shingled look, metal roofs can be installed in the form of shingles. Many old buildings have copper shingles that have been around for many decades.
Most metal roofs are easy to install. They come either in easily installed shingle sections, or in sheets. Most contractors can install these quickly. They also reduce heat conduction, keeping your home cooler. While metal has a low insulation value, it reflects light away from the house. To make sure that heat doesn’t leave your home during the winter, install your metal roof with dead air space between it and the roof decking, and insulate your homes well.
Metal roofing is also versatile when it comes to building type. It can be installed on peaks with a high pitch to shed snow, or with as low a pitch as 3 in 12, without danger of leaks. That means that most homes can accommodate this kind of roofing.
Many people feel that the extra cost of metal at the time of installation is a drawback. However, when you consider the fact that you will never have to replace it, that makes it worthwhile. Over time, you’ll be able to save money by not having the roof redone every twenty years or so.
Metal can dent if struck by hail or other hard objects. Some metals are more prone to this than others, such as copper and aluminum. Steel is generally not subject to denting, and some are even guaranteed against it.
If you’re looking for durable, light-weight roofing that’s fireproof and good for the environment, metal is an excellent choice. Metal roofs go on the house quickly and easily, look good, and can even help you save on cooling bills. If it’s time to replace the roof on your home, consider doing so with metal. There are lots of options. You’re sure to find one that meets your needs.