Is a Metal Roof Right for You?
Metal roofs were all the rage in the 1800s, and every self-respecting home or business boasted one. They fell out of favor as builders started gravitating to other materials like wood, shingles, and asphalt. But just like 70s clothing and 80s music, metal roofs are back in fashion.
A Classic Makes a Comeback
If you think of a metal roof, you might be put off by thinking of a tin-roofed shack or an old trailer with a metal-shingled roof.
That image is way out of date. Today's metal roofs are made out of quality materials that include stainless steel, tin blends, and galvanized iron. They are lightweight, durable and easy to maintain.
Better yet, manufacturers of today's metal roofs have been able to make them in a stunning variety of finishes and styles. Metal roofs can be designed to look like slate, tile, wooden shingles, wood or cedar shakes and even clay.
If you're set on recreating a particular look or a historical style, in a material that will last for decades and require little upkeep, a metal roof could be an excellent option.
How They're Made
There are basically two types of metal roof available to purchase. Your roofing contractor can help you decide which type will best suit your needs.
Roll style: These are rolls of metal that have been factory-finished and painted. They are ready to roll out and install on your house as-is.
Shingle style: This roof is made up of separate shingles in different shapes and sizes depending on the type of roof it's designed to look like.
Benefits of Metal Roofs
Energy efficiency. Metal roofs provide excellent insulation against dampness, wind and other elements that will drain your home of heat and cool. A metal roof will help you save considerably on your energy use.
Safety. Metal roofs provide the best fire resistance of any roofing material, and they never soften or degrade. They can be used to roof buildings or areas that present problems for other types of roofs, including buildings with flashing problems and uneven areas.
Low maintenance. Once it's properly installed, a metal roof can last for 50 years or more with very little upkeep.
Green building. Metal roofs attract people interested in green building techniques. They are recyclable and are often made of recycled materials. Metal roofs don't leach toxins into rainwater, making them an excellent choice for anyone concerned about groundwater toxins.
Lasting beauty. Unlike other roofing materials, a metal roof stands up to years of weather with very little change to its looks, strength or structural integrity. Your metal roof will look as good in 20 years as it did the day it was installed.
Are There Drawbacks to Metal Roofs?
Installation and cost. You need to find a roofing contractor with experience in metal roofs, as proper installation is key to keeping the roof well-sealed and watertight. Materials and installation will also be higher than they are for materials like asphalt.
Noise. Metal roofs are not as quiet as other roof styles. There's no denying that rain makes a distinctive noise on metal roofs, but it's not the "tinny" sound of old metal roofs. Some people actually find the noise pleasant.
Interested in a Metal Roof?
If you're interested in exploring the advantages of a metal roof, talk to your roofing contractor and ask about your options. A metal roof will give you years of enjoyment, a secure home, a green building option, styling versatility and other benefits.
If you're looking for an experienced contractor well-versed in every type of roof, call Last Call Exteriors. We'll walk you through the pros and cons of metal roofs and help you decide if this classic is going to make a comeback at your house.