When you look at a home, the roofing might be the last thing that catches your eye. Unless the roof has an army of solar panels on top of it, or the roof looks like it’s about to cave in, your eyes will likely be drawn to the home’s siding, the property’s landscaping or other features. If you take the time to look at a home’s roofing, you might notice that many homes are opting for metal roofs instead of more traditional asphalt roofs.
If you’re not too familiar with roof materials, or home improvement materials in general, you may be wondering why many houses are being outfitting with metal roofing rather than more traditional materials. Our guide below outlines some benefits to installing a metal roof on your home.
Longevity and Durability
Metal roofs boast a much longer life span than more traditional materials do. On average, metal roofs can last 40 to 70 years, compared to life spans of asphalt roofs which last around 12 to 20 years. Metal’s durable nature allows it to withstand various weather conditions, preserving the life of your roof. Due to the slippery and interlocking nature of metal roof panels, precipitation like rain or snow does not accumulate like on traditional roofing.
Metal roofs also do not require much periodic maintenance, eliminating the need for you to regular have your roof serviced for problems or preservation.
Safety features for your home are indispensable. You truly can’t put a price on safety, safety features can be a matter of life or death in emergency situations. Metal roofs are fire resistant and do not spark or ignite in the event of lightning strikes or fires.
Additionally, metal roofs have Class A fire ratings, which is the safest level of fire resistance available.
Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient
Not only are metal roofs safe for your home and family, but they’re friendlier to the environment than traditional roofing materials as well. Many metal roof options are made from recycled metals, and all metal roofs are able to be recycled at the end of their life cycle.
They also cut down on energy costs due to metal’s reflective nature, as the metal panels reflect the sun’s rays which can cut down on cooling costs by anywhere from 10 to 25 percent.
Having metal roofing installed over traditional materials could provide increased longevity and lower energy costs would could save you a significant amount of money as a homeowner. Plus, the additional safety features of metal roofs provide an added comfort for homeowners looking for maximum safety in a roof.
Stay tuned for our next blog post that will explore some disadvantages of metal roofing, aimed to help you make the most informed decision possible when choosing the right roofing for your home.