If you take a drive around your town or city and look closely at the roofs, you're sure to notice a few metal roofs. Metal roofing is quickly gaining popularity in North America, and for good reason. Here's a look at four reasons why metal roofing is becoming all the rage – and why you may want to consider jumping on the bandwagon when it's time to replace your own roof.
Metal roofs have a really long life expectancy.
How long any roof lasts depends on a lot of factors, including climate and how well a home is insulated. However, metal roofs can be expected to last between 40 and 60 years under most circumstances. This is a lot longer than asphalt roofing, which typically needs to be replaced in 20 years or less. A longer life expectancy translates to less hassle and also cost savings. A metal roof might cost a bit more than an asphalt roof up front, but one metal roof is surely cheaper than 2 – 3 asphalt roofs over the next few decades!
Snow slides right off metal roofs.
If you live in an area where snowfall is plentiful, then this is a real advantage. Since the surface of a metal roof is slippery, snow typically slides right off rather than building up like it does on an asphalt or cedar roof. This reduces your risk of roof collapse, and it also stops the formation of ice dams, which can cause some real damage to gutters if allowed to form.
Metal roofs are typically made from recycled materials.
If you're looking for an earth-friendly roofing choice, look no further. Most metal roofs are made from at least partially recycled materials. And, when you're done with the roof, the metal can be melted down and recycled again to make other products.
Metal roofs reduce your air conditioning costs.
Metal is reflective. When the sun shines on it, most of the rays are reflected away from the roof, rather than being absorbed by it, as they would if you have a roof made from asphalt, cedar, or even slate. This leads to lower air conditioning bills in the summer, as your home won't be heated up as much by the sun. The effect is even more pronounced if you choose a light-colored metal roof, since light colors reflect more heat than dark ones.
Your friends and neighbors who have metal roofs have benefited from these features, and so can you. Talk to a metal roofing contractor in your area to learn more about your options.