8 Benefits of a Metal Roof
Residential 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|
(National Average 2015 mid-range project 71.6% – http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2015)
(National Average 2015 upscale project 62.9% – http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2015)
|Energy Savings||N/A||Energy Savings
(average savings figured from a bill that averages about $150/month over a 20 yr period of time)
|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.