Modern day metal roofs offer all of the style and beauty of traditional roofing materials only stronger, more durable and longer lasting. There’s certain to be a metal roof style that compliments your home perfectly.
About Metal Roofing
A metal roof is one of the best investments you can make to boost your home’s value. Delivering beauty, longevity, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability—metal roofing offers benefits for any size home in every region of the country.
While the initial cost of a quality metal roof is higher than roofing materials such as asphalt, it’s an investment that pays returns over a lifetime. A metal roof can last up to 50+ years or more with little maintenance, can often be repainted versus replaced, and may even increase the resale value of your home.
Residential metal roofs are available in a wide variety of styles, types and colors. They can make a bold architectural statement or effortlessly complement any home and neighborhood. They’ll also maintain their great looks much longer than other roofing materials.
Unlike asphalt or other roofing styles, a properly constructed metal roof can handle just about anything Mother Nature can throw at it. Metal roofing can protect your home against extreme temperatures, high winds, hail, marine air and even fire—all with minimal maintenance.
Metal is considered the most environmentally friendly and sustainable roofing material available. Metal roofs are virtually 100% recyclable, and are made with a minimum of 25% recycled material, depending on the specific metal. Landfill issues are eliminated with metal roofing materials, and scrap value of used material is a positive attribute.
What is known in the metal roofing industry as “cool metal roofing” can significantly reduce a building’s long-term energy use. Through the application of heat deflecting metal coatings, energy costs can be reduced up to 40% or more, according to a study conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Metal Roof FAQs
Metal roofs generally can run from $120 to $900 per 100 square feet (one 10-foot by 10-foot area, or a “square” of material), while asphalt shingles will be between $100 and $200 per 100 square feet. Its installation will also run you more for metal since it’s a more specialized job. However, the longevity of metal roofs make them cheaper in the long run.
In almost every case, the answer is yes, you can lay down a new metal roof over an existing shingle roof. This is one of the many reasons metal roofs keep growing in popularity – their installation doesn’t require completely tearing off the existing roof, which is a time-consuming and expensive job.
Metal roofs do not make a house hotter than other types of roof materials. Because metal roofs have a low thermal mass, they reflect light and heat rather than absorbing it like asphalt shingles. You should have no worry at all about a properly installed metal roof making your house hotter.