Metal roofs grow in popularity
Depending on where you live, this winter was either one of the coldest, or warmest in recent memory. The western states saw some of the highest recorded winter temperatures ever. The north eastern states, however, saw some of the lowest ever recorded temperatures and record snowfalls. Some good did come out of this year’s especially harsh winter, however. Many homeowners have decided to ditch their conventional asphalt shingle roofs in favor of more durable roofing materials like metal. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) metal roofs are growing in popularity at an unprecedented rate. That’s good news for roofers who work in metal roofing who are getting more business, for homeowners who will get a longer-lasting, more durable roof, and for the environment.
Reasons homeowners are switching
When you start to list off the advantages to metal roofing, it’s not hard to see why so many homeowners are switching over. Asphalt shingle roofs, by far the most popular roofing choice, will be replaced every 15-20 years, sometimes even less in harsher climates. As durable as asphalt shingles are, they will wear over time as they are exposed to fluctuating temperatures, wind, rain, and snow. They eventually become brittle and can crack and curl. Metal roofs, on the other hand, will never crack, curl, warp, or break. They’re impervious to rot as well. Metal roofs have a class 4 impact rating and are rated for 120 mph winds. They can even withstand hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter. Typically, metal roofs will last 2-3 times longer than an asphalt shingle roof—about 40-60 years. For most homeowners, the choice to install a metal roof is the last roofing decision they’ll have to make in their lifetime.
In addition to being very durable, metal roofs are gaining popularity because of their benefits to the environment and homeowners’ pockets. Because metal roofs are so easy to maintain and last for so many years, they pay for themselves in repair cost savings. When a metal roof does eventually need to be replaced, it’s 100% recyclable. Contrary to what you might think, metal roofs are also great at lowering heating and cooling costs. While asphalt shingle roof absorb the sun’s rays, metal roofs reflect them. Homeowners’ ACs don’t have to work as hard in the summer and their heaters don’t need to work as hard in the winter. Metal roofs preserve precious natural resources and save homeowners money each month on energy costs.
A final advantage to metal roofing is that they can be made to look like a number of natural roofing materials such as slate, wood shakes, and clay tiles. Because metal roofs come in all styles and colors, it can look good on any home regardless of architecture.
Contact a local roofing contractor
If you’re considering a metal roof, get in touch with a trusted, local roofing contractor to discuss some of the benefits and to get an estimate on the cost. Though metal roofs will have much higher initial costs than an asphalt shingle roof, they’ll start saving you money from day one.
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