Metal roofs have been around for a while, but they’re becoming increasingly popular in residential homes. That’s because they offer some significant advantages over traditional wood or asphalt shingles. Let us help explain what makes metal roofs so great, and help you decide if this type of roof is right for your house.
The basics of metal roofing
Metal roofing is a great choice for areas with extreme weather, high winds, and high snowfall. It’s also popular in coastal regions where rain-laden storms are common.
If you live in an area that gets heavy rainfall or constant humidity, metal roofing can be ideal because it resists corrosion from moisture and prevents rust buildup on your home’s exterior walls.
Metal roof styles
There are four main types of metal roofing styles:
- Architectural Shingles
- Metal Panels
- Standing Seam Metal Roofs
- Rolled Steel Roofing (also known as Galvalume®)
Advantages and drawbacks of metal roofs
Metal roofs have many advantages and drawbacks. They’re a great choice for many homes, but they may not be the best choice for you.
- Low maintenance
- Energy efficient
The average cost of a metal roof is between $5,000 and $30,000. This amount can vary significantly depending on the size of your home and the type of metal you choose. For example, copper is more expensive than aluminum but it lasts longer and conducts heat better so it’s more energy efficient. Also keep in mind that you may need to replace sections of your roof if there are any leaks or other damage from extreme weather events such as hail storms or hurricanes. The cost for this repair varies depending on the extent of damage but could be several hundred dollars per square foot if extensive repairs are required!
A metal roof can last a lifetime, but you can’t install it yourself. Hiring a qualified contractor is essential
A metal roof can last a lifetime, but you can’t install it yourself. Hiring a qualified contractor is essential. Here are some tips for finding and hiring the right one:
- Check references. A reputable contractor will be happy to provide references from past clients—you should call these people and ask detailed questions about their experience with the contractor, including how long it took to complete each project and what went well or poorly along the way.
- Get a warranty. Most metal roofs come with warranties of between 25 and 50 years, which means that if anything goes wrong with your new roof within that period of time (such as water damage due to poor installation), the manufacturer will repair or replace it at no cost to you.* Make sure they’re bonded & insured! Bonded contractors are required by law in most states; insurance coverage protects both parties against accidents during work on your property.*
- Ask for permits! Your municipality may require permits before any major construction takes place on your property—and if so, make sure that your contractor has obtained them.* Inspections are key! After installation has finished up—but before leaving town—stop by again for an inspection by a third party inspector who’s licensed in home inspections (known as an AHU). This person will look over everything from drainage issues around pipes located near where rainwater flows downspouts onto adjacent surfaces
If you are looking for a long-lasting roof that won’t need to be replaced anytime soon, metal is the way to go. It’s easy to install and maintenance-free. If you have any questions about whether this type of material is right for your home or business, contact us today!