You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
If your home's roof is near the end of its lifespan, it's time to explore replacement options. One alternative to consider is a metal roof. A metal roof consists of metal panels that come in a variety of colors and sizes. When your roofer installs a metal roof, they'll add at least one layer of underlayment to protect your home from the elements and reduce any noise that you might hear from something falling in your roof.
Check out some of the benefits of installing a metal roof for your home.
1. A Metal Roof Has a Long Lifespan
Most asphalt shingle roofs last anywhere from 15-30 years (with architectural shingles having a longer lifespan of 25-30 years). However, a metal roof has a lifespan of up to 70 years.
While a metal roof is more expensive than other roofing options, you'll realize the savings by not having to install an entirely new roof so frequently. A metal roof is also environmentally friendly because it reduces the number of shingles and the amount of construction waste that you have to send to the landfill from multiple roof installations.
2. Metal Roofs Are Low Maintenance
Another advantage of a metal roof is that once it's installed, there's minimum maintenance required to keep it looking its best. Other than removing debris and clearing your gutters, there's not much you need to do to a metal roof.
The metal used for roofing has a rust-proof coating that prevents it from corroding or cracking. You won't have to worry about removing bits of rust or resealing your roof. A metal roof is also durable and capable of resisting strong winds and heavy precipitation. The roofs are also fairly resistant to falling branches and hail. There are some metal roofs that can be dented, but there are also stronger options that can stand up to flying debris.
If you live in an area where storms are frequent, ask your contractor about the best metal roofs for minimizing storm damage.
3. A Metal Roof Makes Your Home More Energy-Efficient
The higher cost of a metal roof will quickly be recouped with lower energy bills. A metal roof reflects heat instead of absorbing it; this means that your home gains less heat and you won't have to spend as much money cooling it to a comfortable temperature.
You can further enhance your roof's energy efficiency by opting for a metal that includes pigments designed to keep heat from entering your home.