Have you been thinking about changing the look of your house? A new metal roof may be just the solution. Residential metal roofing is great because it's lightweight, durable and energy efficient. Metal roofs come in a variety of styles and materials to coordinate with any architecture as well as personal budget.
These roof materials come in three different metals: steel, aluminum and copper. The most common is galvanized steel, which is actually coated with aluminum and zinc. Most contractors offer this roofing material in different grades or thicknesses, and a variety of colors. Steel roofs are actually the strongest of the three common materials. It also happens to be the least expensive, meaning you'll have the lowest roofing estimate if you choose this material. Aluminum is the lightest of the three metals. It has the longest durability and also happens to be in the mid price range. The third type of roof used is copper, which tends to be the most expensive and is usually reserved for flashing or entryways.
Metal roofs are one of the longest lasting roofs you can buy, most having 20 to 50 year warranties. They are very good about sealing out water and shedding snow. They also hold up very well in wind and storms. Because they are metal, they resist mildew and termites and they don't catch fire. If you live in an area that is prone to fires, a metal roof on your home can give your home the security of a class "A" fire rating, which is the highest rating available. Some states will even give you a lower insurance rate if you have a metal roof.
Metal roofing is a lightweight building material (about 50 to 150 pounds per 4 ft section), as opposed to tile (around 750 pounds per 4 ft section) or concrete (around 900 pounds per 4 ft section). This will save you money by allowing you to place a new roof over the old one, thus reducing the overall cost of labor.
If you live in a hot or cold climate, metal roofing can save on your energy costs as well. The metal reflects the heat of the sun, keeping your house cool in the summer and making snow melt faster in the winter. Metal roofs have a low R insulation value, and when properly installed, they are more efficient than a conventional shingle roof. You may even qualify for a $500 tax credit with a metal roof because of its energy saving properties. Consider how much money metal roofing will save you in the long run when deciding if you want to undergo the project.
When you contact your roofing contractor, take advantage of the labor savings involved with metal roofs, since they are relatively easy to install. The materials come in big sections that go up with little trouble. They can also come in single sheets for repairing sections.
Metal roofing is a great upgrade to your home; it's very attractive and will save you money in the long run. They do have higher up-front costs, but the advantages will outweigh the initial investment. Also, by saving on energy, these roofs are also good for our environment and these days, that's a big plus.
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