According to BobVilla.com, in 2015, 750,000 homeowners in the United States chose to put a metal roof on their residences. This includes both new home construction as well as roofing replacements – and that means metal roofs now account for an 11 percent share in the roofing market, the second most common material for roofs.
So, the question is why? Why are so many homeowners choosing metal roofs today? Here are five reasons.
Longevity and Strength
The blog post cites a recent McGraw-Hill survey in which 26 percent of homeowners with metal roofs listed this material’s longevity as the main reason they made their choice. Meanwhile, an additional 22 percent listed metal’s strength as their primary reason. And, these are both excellent reasons to choose this type of roof. A metal roof that is property installed can last 40 to 70 years, and it can typically withstand wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour. Plus, with rust-proof coatings, the material won’t corrode or crack. Metal is fire resistant, as well as being resistant to rot, mildew and insects.
Saves Time and Money Over the Long Run
The Metal Roofing Alliance chimes in to say that these types of roof need very little maintenance, which leads to significant time savings over the years. Plus, those who choose to “renovate their home with metal roofing are typically able to recoup an extremely high rate of the roof’s cost, 85.9% according to national averages, with homes in the Eastern states recouping up to 95.5%!” In some states, including Texas, a metal roof can lower homeowner’s insurance, up to 35 percent. Finally, overall, homes with roofs made of metal often have a higher resale value, up to 6 percent higher.
Roofs made from metal use at least 25 percent recycled material and are 100 recyclable. Steel roofs, the Bob Villa site points out, can repeatedly be recycled, without losing strength. Metal roofs are ideal for homeowners who wish to add solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems. And, “in some re-roofing projects, a metal roof is so light—roughly one-third the weight of asphalt—that it can be installed directly overtop asphalt shingles without overburdening the roof’s structural support. This strategic move saves the effort and sheer waste of ripping off the old roofing and sending it to a landfill.”
Additional Cost Savings
Although installing a metal roof is initially more expensive than an asphalt one, its longevity – as we mentioned above – makes metal a worthwhile investment. Plus, as an article at HomeTips.com points out, there are other cost savings associated with metal. For one, because these materials typically come in multiple-shingle sections or in panels, a professional roofing specialist can install them fairly quickly, saving time and money. Because the material is light, there are often cost savings on “engineering and building the supporting structure.” Plus, because the material reflects the sun’s radiant heat, this minimizes heat gain, saving you money on air conditioning costs during the day. State Farm estimates energy savings of 10 to 25 percent.
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Finally, metal roofs can be incredibly beautiful, adding to the appearance and curb appeal of your home. Gorgeous options are now available in a wide variety of styles and colors.
Charlotte and Raleigh Roofing Specialists
There are clearly many benefits of metal roofing for residences. What you need, though, is to have a roofing professional guide you through the best choice for your home, something we’ve done for these customers and many more. So, we encourage you to contact the roofing specialists at Camden Roofing and Construction today, either online or by calling 704-858-2141. We’re here to help!