Are you considering options for your new home’s roof or thinking about replacing your existing roof? Have you considered looking into metal roofing options? A metal roof is a great investment on the residential side and are now a versatile, environmentally-friendly, and long-lasting option for homeowners to think about. So what are the benefits of a metal roof and what should you be looking at when considering your options? Read below for your guide to picking a metal roof.
Why Is Metal Roofing Such a Good Investment?
Metal roofs are great from an environmental perspective, as they’re 100% recyclable at the end of a long life and metal roofs that are in use now have usually around a 25% minimum recycled content. If you’re trying to make your home more environmentally friendly, metal roofing is a great pick.
They’re also very durable — they’ve been shown to last over 30 years with not a whole lot of maintenance, and if well maintained, can last 40 to 70 years! Painted metal roofs keep 95% of their initial reflectance and emittance, even as they age. They’re also very wind resistant, won’t corrode over time, and can be impact-resistant — great if you live in an area that experiences frequent inclement weather. If you live in an area with a high chance of wildfires, metal roofs won’t ignite if a spark falls on it. A metal roof can also protect your home from lightning strikes.
If paired with an Energy Star qualified roof product, you can lower the roof surface temperature by as much as 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which keeps less heat from entering the building. Similarly, a cool metal roof can cut down on energy costs for cooling the inside of a building by as much as 20% and reduce the demand for cooling by 15%.
What Should I Keep In Mind When Looking at Metal Roofing?
Most architectural metal roof systems work best for roof slopes of three inches per foot or higher. Some types of standing seam metal roofing systems can be installed on roofs that have a lower slope of 2:12 or under, but those tend to be more suitable for commercial or industrial buildings.
However, a traditional flat seamed, soldered, or welded metal roof system can be an exception to this rule. Copper roofs, then, might be a good example of a metal roof you can use on slopes that are under 14 degrees. However, solid roof sheathing is necessary and the National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that underlayment be used as well.
Installing metal shingles tends to be about 20% less expensive than installing a standing seam roof since the shingles are quicker and easier to install. You can expect a steel standing seam roof to cost about $300 per square and you’ll need about 100 square feet for an average roof to be completed. Steel shingles will cost about $270 per square and stone-coated steel will be about $350 to $425 per square foot.
How Do I Find the Right Residential Roofing Company?
You’ll want to find a company that has experience with installing metal roofs, as they’re a different beast than installing asphalt roofs. Don’t be afraid to get a few different quotes from companies and compare. Track down reviews or testimonials from previous customers and ask around your community or neighborhood to see if others have used them and been satisfied with their work.
Metal roofs are the roofs of the future, so get ahead of the curve, and consider installing a metal roof on your home today!