A lot happens under your roof — family get-togethers, holidays, birthdays, dinnertime masterpieces and dinnertime fails, and even the good old-fashioned lazy weekend. Where do you start when you’re shopping for a roof to cover all those good things? Metal roofs can be a reliable, cost-effective investment to those browsing the roofing market today.
- Metal roofing has a long lifespan. Well-maintained metal roofing often lasts 50 years or more, or about seven times longer than a roof made of asphalt shingles. In fact, aluminum-zinc alloy roofing often lasts up to 100 years — excellent news if you don’t want to have to be calling your local roofing company again anytime soon. It’s even durable in severe weather, with a wind rating of 140 miles per hour (mph). This makes metal roofing a popular option in northern areas that risk a lot of snow and ice damage to a traditional asphalt roof.
- Metal roofing is more affordable. While most metal roofs are made of steel or aluminum, even using more expensive materials like copper, zinc, or stainless steel will cost 30 percent less on average than your typical asphalt roof. Combine the upfront cost savings with the durability, and a residential metal roof is more affordable all around. Affordability doesn’t mean sacrificing options, either. Metal roofing companies can often offer over 100 premium, standard, and customized colors — a far cry from the 15 to 20 options you may have available to you when shopping for an asphalt roof. And if you’re not keen on the look of vertical panels of metal roofing, check into the interlocking shingles that are also available.
- Metal roofing saves energy. Paying bills might be one of the less-than-exciting events taking place under your new roof, but choosing metal roofing can help with that, too. A metal roof can lead to annual energy savings as high as 25 percent, making that monthly utility bill just a little bit easier. In addition, you can have peace of mind knowing that metal roofing is completely recyclable at the end of its longer-than-average lifespan and that most roofing companies use metal roofing that is made of 30 to 60 percent recycled material.
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