8 Benefits of a Metal Roof

home-slider-full-shake-2Residential metal roofing is one of the fastest growing home improvement segments in the past decade. The benefits of a new metal roofing system allows homeowners to upgrade their homes with products that will last a lifetime. If you are considering replacing your existing roof with a new metal roof, making the right decision is extremely important. If you have never had or considered a metal roofing system before you may have a few questions. In this article we hope to answers some of the most frequently asked questions and give you some important facts to consider when making this decision.

Q. Does investing in a metal roof cost more than a traditional roof?

A. There is a misconceived notion that metal roofs cost more than a traditional roof, this is actually not the case. A metal roof can cost a lot less than a traditional roof. The average life of a non-metal roof is 17 yrs. Asphalt can require re-roofing every 10-20 years sometimes sooner. When determining cost it is important to consider additional costs such as initial cost, life-cycle costs, energy savings, insurance costs and your return on investment (ROI). During the lifespan of a metal roof you can look for savings of up to 40% in your energy costs, 30% on homeowners insurance, and possibly recoup up to 95% of the initial cost on your ROI.

Asphalt Roof Metal Roof
Initial Investment $13,425 Initial Investment $19,000
10 years $20,137 10 years $0.00
20 years -$30,206 20 years $0.00
ROI
(National Average 2015 mid-range project 71.6% – http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2015)
$9,612 ROI
(National Average 2015 upscale project 62.9% – http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2015)
$11,951
Energy Savings N/A Energy Savings
(average savings figured from a bill that averages about $150/month over a 20 yr period of time)
$14,400
Insurance Savings N/A Insurance Savings
(average premium based on state of residency $540/yr – $1980/yr)
$3,240 – $11,880
Actual Cost $54,156 Actual Savings $10,591 –  $18,871

* The above chart is an estimation of costs/savings

Q. How long should a new metal roof last?

A. The truth is metal roofs are considered a lifetime roof; a properly installed metal roof should last the lifetime of your home with little to no maintenance. Metal roofing has been used for centuries and last substantially longer because of their integrity; they will not peel, flake, dry out, or curl like conventional roofs do over time.

Q. Are metal roofs more energy efficient than other roofs?

A. An Energy Star® metal roof is naturally more energy efficient, due to their strong solar reflectance and thermal emissivity. Solar reflectance is the materials ability to reflect the sun’s rays and thermal emissivity is how much heat is absorbed by the materials. An Energy Star® qualified roof can lower the surface temperature on your roof by up to 50°F, reducing the amount of cooling demand by 10-15 percent. Overall a metal roof can save you up to 40% in your energy costs yearly, leading to tremendous savings through the lifetime of a new metal roof.

Q. Are metal roofs environmentally friendly?

A. A new metal roof is not only 100% recyclable but also contains anywhere from 30-60% recycled metal content itself. Metal roofs use the least amount of resources during the manufacturing process, contain no petroleum by-products, and will never end up in a landfill. The only TRULY green material in the roofing industry is a metal roof.

Q. I’m afraid that a metal roof won’t match my home or the roofing styles in my neighborhood.

A. This concern might stem from the preconception that metal roofs all look like what you would see on a commercial/industrial building. Actually, metal can be formed into shapes and designs to compliment any architectural style. Today’s metal roofing comes in a wide variety of styles, colors, and patterns giving you the ability to make a design statement. There is certain to be a style and finish to match your home and neighborhood.

Q. What about fire?

A. Your home’s roof might be the most vulnerable part of the structure when it comes to fire. Embers can blow onto the roof or the fire can easily spread to the roof making roof collapse more prevalent. Metal roofs are impervious to all of this because they are noncombustible. They are given a class A fire rating meaning they are the most resistant.

Q. How will a metal roof stand up to extreme weather conditions?

A. Metal roofing can withstand decades of abuse against whatever mother nature wants to throw at it. They are made to be tough/durable with wind and uplift resistance that is above new building code requirements, allowing them to withstand winds of up to 150 mph and be highly resistant to hail damage. Metal roof are also known to be the best as shedding snow and preventing ice damming, so water doesn’t back up and collect under the roof then leak into your home; protecting the structural integrity of your roof and home. In fact, FEMA recommends metal roofs in areas that are prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, etc.

Q. Is metal roofing noisier in bad weather?

A. Contrary to popular belief, a metal roof is not noisy in extreme weather conditions. When a metal roof is installed residentially it is usually installed over a solid substrate; your attic space and insulation will serve as additional sound barriers. Research has proven that having a metal roof is not any noisier that a traditional roof. You will likely hear more weather noise through your walls and window than you will your roof.

17 comments

  • Charles Kemp

    I have never thought about what the costs of a metal roof would be like compared to asphalt roofing. I am glad I stumbled upon this to see the differences in cost. I really like the metal roofing because it doesn’t need to be replaced.

  • Nagarajan

    I would recommend metal roofing always. Coz metal roofing gives durability, hearth-resistance, energy financial savings, price and natural excellent seems.

  • kiyel Williams

    I certainly was under the impression that a metal roof would simply make my home look like a tin can so I thank you straightaway for putting that worry to rest. I’m definitely going to look into metal roofing now that i’ve seen this. Love that you put in the actual cost and money saved as well. Extremely helpful and informative so once again, thank you.

  • Maggie Allen

    Wow, I had no idea that a metal roof could offer so many savings over 20 years— that’s really awesome! I noticed that a metal roof offers a lot of energy savings for the home. If that’s the case, then are there any rebates available for people who get one?

  • Pancho Cham

    With all the benefits of a metal roof, you would think everyone would get one right away. I feel the deterrent is the up front cost of the 2 types of roofs. The asphalt is about 6,000 dollars cheaper up front, and I feel people think it’s a better deal. They don’t take the time to actually see how much more the asphalt will cost in the long run.

  • James Bergman

    I think the biggest benefit to metal roofs is how long they last. It would be nice to know that I didn’t have to worry about having a lot of repairs done on my roof. I have to admit thought that the one reason I have stayed away from metal roofs is because I thought they wouldn’t fit my home. Thanks for addressing this concern. It seems I was worried for nothing. One more quick question. Can a metal roof be installed directly on top of a shingle roof?

    • Millennium Home Design

      Yes Metal Roofing is installed over your existing roof, first a substrate layer is added then metal on top of that, the metal is very lightweight and adds little additional weight, the extra layer from the previous roof and the substate layer add additional insulation to sound and hot or cold weather.

  • Brandon

    This is a great review of residential metal roofs. We here in North Texas have seen an explosion in metal roof installation for good reason. Our stormy season brings high winds, heavy rains, hail, and occasionally tornadoes. Our clients have been surprised at how well their metal roofs perform during the storms. And they are pleasantly surprised with their lower summer electric bills.

  • Faylinn

    My house is fairly old and so my husband and I are currently trying to decide on which type of roof that we should replace ours with. However, I am not too sure what a “lifetime roof” is. My house is fifty years old and some homes last for over a hundred. Could you please tell me how many years a metal roof is capable of lasting for in more exactness?

    • Millennium Home Design

      Metal Roofing should have an expected lifespan of at least 50 years with virtually no maintenence, around 50 years it is expected to possibly need repainting but the metal should last much longer, we guarantee all aspects of installation for the lifetime of the purchaser, this warranty can be transferred to another owner for 20-years of warranty coverage.

  • Luke Smith

    A metal roof seems to be a very good idea to put on a house. I like how a metal roof can last longer in the elements than a regular roof would. I can see it being very beneficial in places that get a lot of snow too.

  • Jessie Harrison

    My husband is building a pool house in our backyard. He’s having fun experimenting with different building materials. Recently he has been thinking of using metal for our roof. It’s nice to know that the material is environmentally friendly, plus it’s more energy efficient.

  • Rockford Johnson

    Reading this article has helped me to understand what the benefits are of having a metal roof. I really like how you explained that “Metal roofing can withstand decades of abuse against whatever mother nature wants to throw at it.” I have never had a metal roof before but I am sure it would be important to make sure that a professional roofing company is the one to install the roof to make sure that you can enjoy all of the benefits that come with having a metal roof.

  • Nathan Johnson

    My wife and I just found out that we need to replace our roof. I was wondering how long the roof was going to last, but now I want to get a roof that will last forever. I have heard some cool things about metal roofs, so I appreciate you answering questions about it. I love that metal roofs can last for the lifetime of a house and are more energy efficient. Thanks for sharing!

  • Annie Frances

    It’s amazing that metal roofs are recyclable. I’m thinking of the replacing the roofing on my house soon. I think a metal roof would be the best option because it’s durable and can withstand against fires. Thanks.

  • My sister has to replace her home soon. It was cool to learn that metal roofing last a long time. I hope that sharing this article with my mom can help her to know what type of roof is best for her home.

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