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Metal Roofing: Factors to Consider and Benefits

Roofing is a huge investment. With all the material options available today, it can be challenging to choose the best one for your home. Metal roofs are becoming more popular not only in commercial applications but, also in homes. Here’s why:

Metal Roofs Last Longer Than Other Materials

Metal roofs last longer than asphalt shingle roofs. A well-maintained asphalt roof can usually last at least 17 years. On the other hand, a metal roof can last between 35 to 50 years or more when it’s properly maintained. The longevity of a metal roof is a major selling point if you’re planning to put your home for sale in the future. Buyers take more interest in homes that are ready to live in rather than ones that require repairs, replacement and renovations.

Aside from saving yourself from the cost of roof replacement, you won’t have to deal with the disruption this project would create. Major home improvements can be messy and noisy, and affect your daily routine. With proper care, you may not even have to replace your metal roof for the entire time you live in your home. Also, most metal roofs come with comprehensive warranties, usually ranging from 30 to 50 years.

Metal Roofs Offer More Protection Against Harsh Elements

If you live in an area that experiences a lot of weather extremes, then you really should consider installing a metal roof. Unlike asphalt and wood roofing, metal roofs are more resistant against hail and wind damage. Asphalt and wood roofs are also susceptible to damage from sun exposure. Every year, hail causes around $1.6 billion worth of damage to residential roofs. It can split, crack and break standard roofing materials, which can result in significant repair or replacement costs.

A quality metal roof may be the last roof you’ll ever need. This roofing material is also resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding. It can endure harsh conditions, such as heavy snowfall, hailstorms and wildfires. Most metal roofs have a Class A, the highest, fire-resistant rating. Unlike wood and asphalt roofs, metal is naturally non-combustible and provides fire protection to your home.

One of the most common myths about metal roofing is that it attracts lightning. The likelihood of a lightning strike is affected by different factors, which include the area’s topography, the size and height of a building as well as the relative location to nearby taller structures and frequency of thunderstorms. Since metal roofing is electrically conductive and non-combustible, it actually provides better protection in the event of a lightning strike than traditional materials.

Metal Roofs Are Easier to Maintain 

You can save on roof repair and maintenance costs when you invest in a metal roof. Since metal is more durable than other materials, it means you won’t encounter as many issues with them. Many of the problems you have to face with this roofing material are only cosmetic. Costs for addressing these issues won’t be as expensive as with repairing widespread leaks.

Metal roofs are easy to maintain and typically only require cleaning and securing fasteners and screws. Water runoff is also more efficient with metal roofs.

Metal Roofs Are Good for the Planet

If you wish to reduce your carbon footprint, then a metal roof is a great option. Metal is considered the eco-friendliest and most sustainable roofing material on the market. They are 100% recyclable and made with a minimum of 25% recycled material.

Metal roofing is significantly lighter than asphalt, which reduces stress on structures. A standard asphalt roof needs replacement every 12 to 20 years depending on the roof pitch. Unlike asphalt roofing that usually ends up in landfills, metal roofs can be used over and over again. Around 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are thrown in U.S. landfills yearly.

Save on Energy Costs With a Metal Roof

One of today’s most energy-efficient roofing materials, a metal roof can give you up to 40% savings on energy bills and provide exceptional insulation during the cold months. The reason for a metal roof’s energy efficiency is its special finishes. A standard metal roof without paint will reflect more solar radiation than an asphalt roof.

Pre-painted or granular-coated metal roofs reflect solar heat and lower the temperature of your interior by reflecting solar radiation. A highly reflective and emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof excels in cutting down energy use. It can re-emit up to 90% of the solar radiation it absorbs.

Moreover, cool metal roofs have a highly reflective coating that increase solar reflectance and reduce roof surface temperature. These roofing systems help in making you less dependent on your HVAC system. They also make unconditioned spaces more comfortable. A lot of metal roofing systems are ENERGY STAR® certified and may be valid for tax incentives.

Metal Roofs Are Available in a Wide Range of Options

It’s not true that metal roofs have a harsh and industrial feel and look. Metal roofing comes in a wide selection of styles, construction types, materials, paint colors and coatings. You can choose from copper, tin, aluminum and zinc. Modern metal roofing can be made to resemble traditional roofing materials like asphalt shingle, cedar shake, slate roofing and clay tile. You can go for standing seam panels if you prefer the statement look of traditional metal roofing.

Metal roofing can boost your home’s curb appeal. It can make your home look more unique, which can increase its value.

Factors That Affect the Cost of a Metal Roof

The cost of your project depends on the size of your roof, the type of material to be used, your location and customizations. Commercial metal roof installation usually costs more than residential metal roofing since it requires more materials, time, technique and labor. The gauge or thickness of the metal also affects the cost of your project. Thicker metal cost more. Another factor that affects the cost is the color you’ll choose for your roof. Some colors require more layers, which can increase the price.

No metal roof costs the same. When planning a budget for your metal roof installation, you’ll have to consider the cost of materials and labor as well as operating costs. Materials make up around one-third of the total cost of your project. It can include the metal panels, flashings, underlayment, accessories, and other materials necessary for the installation.

The labor cost depends on how much your contractor charges for the actual installation but in most cases, it accounts for another third of the project cost. It typically covers the number of hours needed to finish the installation, the employee’s wages, workers’ benefits and insurance, and the contractor’s payroll taxes.

Finally, the operating costs account for the last third of your project expense. It could help cover your contractor’s rent or utilities, advertising and promotion, and vehicles and trailers to transport materials and workers. The operating cost can also cover the licensing and training required by the industry, insurance, taxes and equipment used to cut metal panels. Operating costs can vary from one contractor to another since they don’t require the same amount of money to run their business.

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