If you are considering upgrading the roof on your home or office building, metal roofing is a wonderful product to consider. This type of roofing shingle is one of the most popular roofing products on the market. When compared to more traditional roofing products like asphalt shingles, metal roofing offers many advantages including a longer lifespan, lower maintenance requirements and great thermal properties. Many home and business owners are installing these products because of these great benefits.
If you are considering installing a metal roof, you should consider the benefits along with the costs before calling a roofing contractor. This type of roofing requires much less maintenance than traditional roofing and will typically last about three to five years longer than other roofing systems. Because metal roofs last longer, they retain their value longer and can become an asset when selling the home or office space. Prospective buyers will appreciate that the roofing system is fire resistant, impact resistant and non-corrosive. Another great benefit of metal roofing is that they can easily be coated with UV, abrasion and moisture resistant products that reflect solar energy and help maintain a comfortable home temperature. Roofing products that help maintain comfortable internal temperatures will help lower home energy cost and lessen your family or business’ environmental impact. Installing metal roofing is recyclable and free of any petroleum products, so if you are looking to lessen your environmental impact this is a great option.
Although in the past the look and design of metal roofing products put off many U.S. homeowners, now these materials come in endless colors, textures and designs. Another reason many homeowners didn’t consider these materials in the past is cost. The cost of this type of roofing is higher than other more traditional roofing products. You can expect prices from $1.00 – $15.00 per square foot. The $15 per square foot materials are of course for more exotic materials or seamless systems. There are many types of metal roofs. Some of the most common products are Aluminum, Copper, Titanium and Stainless Steel. The price of your roof will depend on the exact product you choose and the style of which it is installed.
When you are ready to install a new roofing system the initial cost may be off putting, but it is important to remember that this is a long term investment. These roofing systems can last for decades and will require very little maintenance during it’s life cycle. The money these systems can save you in home energy bills, maintenance and damage resistance should be considered after you have recovered from sticker-shock. If the roofing system in in place for 15-20 years you will most likely recoup the cost and the value of your home will have increased.