Over the last ten years metal as a roofing material has become more popular as an option for homes as well as more industrial buildings in Michigan. Here we look at why people are choosing metal over other options and why this might also be something you should consider for your new build or if an old roof needs replacing. There are a surprising number of advantages of having metal roofing.
5 Advantages To Metal Roofing
1) A metal roof could last for a lifetime
One of the huge benefits to metal roofing is its longevity. Other roofing materials, depending on where the house is, have a lifespan of perhaps 15 to 20 years and then need repairs or complete replacement. A metal roof can last 50 years or even longer, even if it is on a house that has to endure severe weather conditions. If this house is the forever house for you and you opt for a metal roof, you may never have to think about replacing it while you live. You also do not have to worry about regular maintenance or repairs. That is one less cost of house maintenance you have to worry about when owning a home.
2) Energy efficient
Metal roofs now have a special paint applied to them that reflects the sun’s rays making them an energy efficient option even if the climate is hot where you live or in the summer months. In most cases that paint is guaranteed for 25 years, so while it may need another coat during your time that will be it!
3) Weather resistant
Whatever weather conditions your house and roof might see metal can resist it all! Unlike some other materials like asphalt water will not penetrate the roof when it is made from metal no matter how old it is the water will just run off. If you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow this too tends to slide off and you do not get the problem some people have with a heavy and dangerous build up of snow on their roof that they need to clear somehow. Metal is also resistant to high winds and heat. This means it is a great material for roofs in many different climates around the world. Ask any expert roofing contractor and he would recommend you metal roofing.
4) Make your home worth more
Choosing this material can also add value to your home if you plan on selling some time. Prospective buyers will see that it is low maintenance, in good condition and will last a long time and that is an attractive feature to have as they know down the road they are saving money on replacement or repairs.
5) Better for the environment
Of course you may not initially think that a metal roof is environmentally friendly but think about all those landfills filled with shingles and roofing materials that are going to take years to degrade if at all. A metal roof last for 50 plus years so it is reducing how much waste you are producing.
Advantages of metal roofing at a glance;
• Low maintenance
• May not need replacing while you live there
• Energy efficient
• Resistant to all weather
• Increases your home’s value
• Environmentally friendly
With all those advantages why are more people not turning to metal roofing? Here is a look at the negatives about this material.
1) Lack of style
People perceive that metal roofing is going to be ugly and that while there may be practical benefits like low maintenance and long lasting, it will not look good. However in recent years there has been a big improvement in the options you can have when using metal roofing. There are a variety of styles and colors you can choose from you can get singles, vertical panels, tiles, cedar shake looking tiles and more. Nowadays a metal roof can actually look good on any style of house and any age. You just need to take a look at the options you have.
2) Metal roofing costs more
This is a fact that cannot be changed, metal roofing does cost more than more standard materials but with the hot summers and cold winters in the state of Michigan, it’s something worth considering. The big picture in terms of its longevity and durability means this is an investment that will actually save you not just money down the line but also trouble and time. With standard roofing you will need to spend money and time on repairs at least once if not more, and in 15 years it might need completely replacing. That is going to add up to costing more than spending a bit more on metal from the start which will not need maintenance costs and is unlikely to need replacement in your lifetime. Really you need to decide whether you want to pay now and get it out of the way or have unexpected repairs crop up some time in the future.
If you metal roofing is what you want, it’s advisable to get a contractor to install it for you as it can be dangerous without the right skill, knowledge and equipment to handle this type of roof.