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METAL ROOFING

We’re sure that you’ve seen an increasingly-growing amount of metal roofs around your neighborhood as they are becoming more and more prominent. Yet another durable option, metal roofs typically last about as long as you own your house (IE: 30 years) and usually come with a warranty of 30-50 years. While not as costly as slate, metal roofs are on the higher side of price as far as materials and labor go. Once again, you’re paying for longevity and max protection.

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The Pros of Metal Roofing:

  • DURABILITY: Another roofing option where once you install it, your roof should no longer be a concern for as long as you own your house. Great resale value for a great solution.
  • EFFICIENCY: Metal roofs offer homebuyers valuable energy efficiency. The monthly/yearly/lifetime savings on your heating and air conditioning bills should absolutely factor into the up-front price for a roofing option that offers great insulation for homes.
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: Metal roofs already consist of 25% recycled materials and are entirely recyclable after use.

The Cons of Metal Roofing:

  • COST: As previously stated, be prepared to pay substantially more than other traditional roofing options. It’s been quoted that a metal roof can cost 10 times as much as an asphalt roof.
  • COMPOSITION OF METAL: While very durable, metal roofs can be dented by ice, hale or falling debris from trees. There are varying types of metal roofs (some stronger than others) so make sure to investigate and ask questions about which metal option to utilize. Also, remember that metal can be LOUD. Rain on a metal roof can create quite a racket, so be prepared to potentially double up on your insulation to account for this possible loudness.

Types of Metal Roofs:

  • CORRUGATED: Universally considered the best metal roof for residential homes, corrugated roofs are comprised of either stainless steel, aluminum, copper or galvalume. All of these options differ in price. Corrugated is the most commonly-used metal roof option and offers max protection from rust, corrosion and overall wear.
  • STANDING SEAM: Standing seam metal roofs provide an interlocking seal that locks the metal panels together. Standing seam is often used for roofs that are exposed to strong wind conditions. The two types of standing seam metal roofs are “architectural” and “structural”. Each of these options have different strengths from a weather-proofing standpoint. Structural is better for fighting leaks and water breaches while architectural provides a stronger foundation for being able to withstand the weight of heavy snowfall.
  • R-PANEL: If you’re looking for a quick turnaround time on your metal roof install, R-panel roofing is the way to go. R-panels can actually sit on top of existing roofing tiles, making installation much quicker. With its durability and varied color choices, R-panel metal roofs are also a popular installation option.

Maintenance of Metal Roofs:

The upkeep of a metal roof is relatively minimal, but there is maintenance that should be conducted. General cleaning of the roof (which is easier said than done) is required to keep leaves, branches and other debris clear so it doesn’t cause any corrosion of the material. While scratches and gouges should be minimal on a metal roof, keep an eye out for any disruption to the exterior that could cause corrosion and rot.

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