Metal Roofing 101

December 18, 2019

Most homeowners across the country choose asphalt shingles as their default roofing material. But recently, metal roofs have started to become more popular! Metal roofing will cost at least twice as much as an asphalt roof, but they can also last twice as long with proper maintenance.

Materials and Designs of Metal Roofs

In the olden days, tin was used for metal roofing, but that’s no longer the case. Nowadays, steel is the most popular metal used for metal roofs. You can also find roofs made of aluminum and copper. Metal roofs can also be designed and stamped to look like other roofs, from textured asphalt shingles to cedar shakes to a tiled design. When not made to look like something else, you may have noticed standing seam metal roofs, where the roof is made of long strips of metal.

Why People Consider Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are a great choice to consider if you are planning a roof replacement for a home you plan on living in for a long time. With proper care and maintenance, your metal roof could last over 50 years, making it a very economical investment. In some areas, installing a metal roof can also increase your home’s resale value, although it depends on how soon you plan on moving.

Not only do metal roofs have a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles, but they are also very durable. They’re resistant to wind, rain, fire, and mildew. They won’t rot from moisture damage and insects are not attracted to metal. Sustainability is another big reason why metal roofs are gaining popularity as they can be recycled at the end of their lifespan.

Metal Roofing Myths

Common myths surrounding metal roofing are that they sound very loud when it rains and are prone to lightning strikes. Both of these myths are untrue! With proper installation and today’s technology, metal roofs will make the same amount of rain sound as any other roof (it really depends on how hard the rain is falling!) And while metal is a conductor of lightning, it does not attract it. The likelihood that your roof is struck by lightning is the same as any object around your home.

Maintaining Your Metal Roof

One of the defining features of metal roofing is that it’s pretty low-maintenance. As with other types of roofing materials, we always recommend getting routine inspections and cleanings. This will ensure any repairs that need to be made are done right away. Over time, you can also paint your metal roof to refresh its look or to extend its lifespan. 

We never recommend climbing onto any roof, and especially a metal one. They are more slippery than other types of roof materials. If you notice any abrasions, discoloration, or other damaged areas, call your local roofer to take a look!

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