Metal roofs have become more popular in the United States, showing up on the top of more and more houses. If you are building a new home or need to replace a roof on one you already own, you may be wondering if you should consider calling a roofing company to get a metal roof, too. As with any kind of material, there are benefits and disadvantages to using metal for your roof. Here are the upsides and downsides of installing metal roofs.
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Metal roofs tend to last longer than asphalt shingles, estimated to last from about 40 to 70 years according to experts at insurance and roofing companies.
They can withstand all sorts of bad weather and do not require repairs as frequently and extensively as shingles. They are more durable than shingles in high winds. They also protect your home from snow and ice dams in cold climates and from wildfires in warm climates.
Metal roofs reflect the sun’s heat and UV rays, making it easier for your house to stay cool during hot months. It helps to maintain a constant temperature inside your home, making it more energy-efficient. Your cooling cost can be reduced by as much as 25%.
Because metal roofs do not need to be repaired or replaced as often as shingles, they do not end up in landfills nearly as frequently. They also are made from recycled material and can be recycled themselves when they are eventually replaced.
Not only do metal roofs sustain less damage than shingles, but they are also easier to clean and maintain. They can be rinsed off with a hose without having to worry about them getting damaged or ruined, and debris can be swept off with a broom. Metal roofs should be inspected once a year to make sure there are no signs of damage.
One of the biggest deterrents to getting a metal roof is the cost. They are more expensive than asphalt shingles, but because they last longer and are more durable, they may actually be cheaper in the long run. Most roofing companies are willing to give you a price quote so you can better weigh your choices.
If you have heard rainfall on a metal roof, you know just how loud and annoying it can get. Attic insulation can help diminish the noise somewhat. However, a lot of people really enjoy this noise because they find it peaceful, and it helps them fall asleep.
Because of how smooth they are, metal roofs are more dangerous to walk on. If you need to climb onto your metal roof, it is recommended you wear shoes with good, soft rubber soles and take extra safety precautions.
Metal roofs are made to be very durable, so it takes a lot to dent them. Golf ball-sized hail or heavy branches blown onto them may cause some denting, but they are durable against a lot of hard weather.
Whether you want to install a metal roof or you have other roof repair needs, make sure you call Coastal Roofing and Restoration to help you out. They will help you install the roof best for your needs to keep your home and your loved ones safe.