Metal roofs are not just for commercial buildings

October 21, 2013
 Metal roofs not just for commercial buildings

For many people, asphalt shingles are the only way to go when it comes to replacing the roof on their home. It’s what almost everyone does. Asphalt shingle roofs have a lot of advantages. What many don’t realize is that there are other affordable options that offer many advantages as well. Because some of these other options are often overlooked, we’re going to take a look at a roofing material that isn’t as popular, but should be. Metal roofing. Many people think that metal roofs are only for commercial buildings. Nothing is further from the truth.

Metal roofs are low-maintenance

While asphalt shingles are relatively durable, they have been known to fly off during severe weather. They also tend to wear down more quickly. They require shoveling in the winter because snow tends to pile up on asphalt shingle roofs. With a metal roof, you don’t have to worry about these types of frequent maintenance projects. Metal roofs can stand up to any weather short of a tornado and will last a lot longer. Snow slides right off in the winter and moisture doesn’t get trapped and lead to mold or roof leaks.

Metal is a sustainable roofing material

If you’ve ever seen a roofing company replacing a roof, you know that a dumpster is brought in and subsequently filled with the old roof being torn off. With a metal roof, often it can be installed right over the asphalt shingles to reduce waste from the roofing project. If down the road you decide to reroof again, metal roofs are much easier to recycle than other roofing materials.

Metal roofs lower energy bills

Metal roofs are also great because they can save you money on energy bills. They keep your home cooler during the summer because they reflect sunlight and heat rather than letting the heat into your home. During the winter, a metal roof keeps heat trapped inside by reflecting it from the underside of the roof. It means lower energy bills for you during the summer and the winter.

Metal roofs increase curb appeal

A misconception about metal roofs is that they are bland and commercial looking. In actuality, metal roofs come in many styles and colors and can complement any home. A high quality metal roof can easily add curb appeal and value to your home. Between that and the energy bill savings, your new metal roof will be paying for itself.

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